Stuff co.nz 8 July 2014
Family violence is on the increase in New Zealand, a report has indicated.
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, which compiled the report, said it was not clear what was behind the increase.
“We believe that further work is required to understand the causes of this increase,” said Clearinghouse researcher Pauline Gulliver.
“Is it also because the police have improved their handling of historic abuse claims? Are advocates in the community providing more support to encourage people to come forward?”
The data collected by government agencies, services and surveys indicate that during 2013:
■ 95,080 family violence investigations were conducted by the police.
■ Offences were recorded at 37,880 of these.
■ 12,490 Police Safety Orders (PSOs) were issued.
■ There were 5025 recorded breaches of Protection Orders and 3835 convictions for Breach of Protection Order and Non-Molestation Order prosecuted.
■ Between 2005 and 2013 the number of sexual offences against adults reported to police increased from 1187 to 1848.
■ The number of reported sexual offences against children increased from 1278 to 2071 in the same period.
Fall in family violence charges alarms groups
NZ Herald 8 July 2014
Domestic violence agencies have raised the alarm about a sharp decline in police prosecutions for family violence offences over the past four years.
New figures issued by the Family Violence Clearinghouse at Auckland University show that charges for male assaults against female, applications for protection orders and prosecutions for breaches of protection orders all increased up to 2009-10, but have all fallen since then by between 14 per cent and 29 per cent.
The number of police investigations into family violence incidents kept on climbing from 86,800 in 2010 to 95,100 incidents last year.
But the number of investigations that led to an offence being recorded dropped from 45,500 to 37,900 – from 52 per cent of all incidents investigated in 2010 to 40 per cent last year.
Women’s Refuge policy and research officer Kiri Hannifin said the figures were alarming.