One-in-3 women face violence

The Dominion Post 25/08/2009

Almost a third of Kiwi women and one in five men will experience violence and abuse at the hands of their partners. The statistics are in a report made public today that will guide a crackdown on family violence. The Families Commission’s Family Violence Statistics Report aims to be a “one-stop shop” and create a benchmark to measure against. Data collected from agencies dealing directly with victims and perpetrators covers the four years to the end of 2006.

The report shows that family violence offences have been rising, with more than 32,000 recorded by police each year. More than half were serious assaults. Between 2001 and 2006, family-related offences reported to police increased by more than 50 per cent. Men reported psychological abuse from their partners more than women.