Relationships under stress

Whangarei Leader 10 March 2009

More people are seeking relationship advice as a result of financial stress brought on by the recession. Relationship Services Te Tai Tokerau area manager Jean Beazley says there’s been a significant increase in the number of people in Whangarei seeking relationship support and counselling because of the impact the recession is having on them. She says there has also been a large increase in the number of reported domestic violence cases.

According to relationship services statistics, in the six months to January, there have been 304 cases of domestic and family violence reported, significantly up from 100 during the same period a year ago. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Link – a division of Colmar Brunton – shows one in four New Zealand women say the economic environment is having a detrimental affect on their relationships and almost one in five men agreed financial stress had put a dampener on their relationships.