Wealth is no protection against domestic violence

Stuff co.nz 20 March 2016
Family First Comment: “Links are often made between violence and poverty in the media, yet the effects of domestic violence are felt across all sectors of society in South Canterbury. Rangi-Smith said abuse did not discriminate when it came to the wealth a woman may have.”
Correct! Time to look at the broader picture of family breakdown, declining marriage rates, and the impact of drug and alcohol abuse. Yes – not the first time we’ve said this!

More than half the women approaching the Women’s Refuge for help are from middle to upper income brackets, Mid South Island Women’s Refuge and Family Safety Service manager Dawn Rangi-Smith says.

This development follows a more than 150 per cent increase in the number of self referrals over the past three years, which could be an indication of increased awareness of the service.

Links are often made between violence and poverty in the media, yet the effects of domestic violence are felt across all sectors of society in South Canterbury.

Rangi-Smith said abuse did not discriminate when it came to the wealth a woman may have.

“Over 50 per cent of our client base are in the middle to upper income bracket at the moment,” Rangi-Smith said.

“When they’ve got money, they can hide it better.”
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/78032238/wealth-is-no-protection-against-domestic-violence

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