The Southland Times 10 June 2013
More than 50 people have been arrested for domestic violence in Invercargill in the past three weeks and police say an increasing number of the offenders are women. Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes said the number of women arrested for assaulting their partners was rising – two of the six people arrested for domestic assault between Friday night and Saturday afternoon were women. All six weekend incidents happened at home and involved alcohol. Mr Raynes said six arrests was an unusually high number for a weekend, and it followed a spike in arrests in the past month for domestic assaults. There were 53 arrests for domestic violence in the past three weeks, with arrests previously averaging 13 a week, he said. Mr Raynes said data had not been broken down to show how many of the people arrested were women, but he believed the number of women brought in for domestic assault was rising. Alcohol was the greatest contributing factor but it was unclear what was creating the spike, he said.
…The South Canterbury Women’s Refuge announced early this year it would start branching out to men because the number of violent women had increased, but Invercargill Women’s Refuge does not have support services specifically for men.