Family Violence usually lives in the shadows of our society. It’s time we started to talk about it and bring it into the open – only then can we make a change as a community. It is estimated that 76% of Domestic Violence/Family Harm goes unreported! Looking at the police statistics above that is a shocking amount right here in our backyard.
Interesting Stats - Updated in 2018 Courtesy of New Zealand Family Clearinghouse
- About half of all homicides in New Zealand are committed by an offender who is identified as family.
- 76% of family violence incidents are NOT reported to Police.
- In the four years from 2009 to 2012, an average of 13 women, 10 men, and 9 children were killed each year as a result of family violence.
- 24% of women and 6% of men report having experienced sexual assault in their lifetime.
- Disabled women are about twice as likely to be victims of violence or abuse compared to other women.
- Children and young people14% of young people report being hit or physically harmed on purpose by an adult at home in the last 12 months.
- 20% of girls and 9% of boys in New Zealand report unwanted sexual touching or being forced to do sexual things.
- Partner abuse50% of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) deaths occurred at the time of actual or intended separation.
- 1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence from a partner in their lifetime.
- 76% of recorded assaults against females are committed by an offender that is identified as family.
- In the four years from 2009 to 2012, 76% of intimate partner violence-related deaths were perpetrated by men, 24% were perpetrated by women.
- As many as one in 10 people over 65 years in New Zealand will experience some kind of elder abuse in a year.
- Economic cost - Family violence is estimated to cost the country between $4.1 and $7 billion each year.
- GOOD NEWS Attitudes to family violence - 1 in 3 people have taken some action as a result of the It’s not OK Campaign (talked to their family, sought more information, asked for or offered help).
Here's what's going on in the media:
7 January 2021 - Traumatic': 2020 a 'horror' year for domestic violence as figures reveal shocking increase
'Traumatic': 2020 a 'horror' year for domestic violence as figures reveal shocking increase (msn.com)
5 May 2020 - The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre has warned of a spike in domestic violence during the enforced Covid-19 lockdown and curfew in the country. The centre said it received more than 400 calls between 1 and 17 April.
COVID 19 Lockdown update in regards to violence the second epidemic in NZ
Women safe from this guy for a while, at least: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10652035/Decade-in-jail-for-vicious-assault
This seems quite light, given the gravity of the offence: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10652057/Six-kids-inside-when-dad-set-fire-to-porch
Preventative detention a relief for victims: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10622292/Enslaved-by-a-sex-monster
Using the car as a weapon in domestic violence: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11339896
Long-awaited verdict expected on Thursday: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/61103677/Pistorius-explodes-ahead-of-trial
Nia's mum out on parole: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11320723
E Tu Whanau, great initiative!: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11314381
It's not just about violence between couples: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11313982
This could have been much, much worse: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11313920
Couldn't agree more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/facing-our-greatest-shame/10412530/A-movement-of-men-against-violence
Terrifying thought, these women need our support: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10418798/Filipinas-flee-abusive-Kiwi-relationships
Family Violence can be perpetrated by women, too: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11311913
Dreadful story about how things can get out of hand about seemingly trivial things: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11310495
Campbell Live meets Simonne Butler, survivor of Antonie Dixon's horrific abuse and samurai attack: http://www.3news.co.nz/Antoine-Dixon-survivor-to-release-book/tabid/367/articleID/356722/Default.aspx
Fascinating insight into a notorious NZ criminal and the hold he had over the women in his life: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/1391786/The-lure-of-Antonie-Dixon
Great article from the Otago Daily Times: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/147c1efad235e713
What can we do about this?? Something needs to change: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/10343268/Family-violence-rates-soaring-in-Hamilton
Interesting reading: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/248211/legal-support-for-provocation-defence
Some of this sounds pretty good: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11286465
No jail. Really?? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11276650
Family Violence doesn't have to be physical: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11275216
Something positive, just for a change: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11276724
What can we learn from this tragedy in Auckland? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11258143
27 days old - there are no words. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11255437
Family violence has a massive economic cost, too: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11249283
Check this out, and read the comments at the end, this is more common than we realise: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/9912149/How-I-finally-walked-away?fb_action_ids=540914999359506&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=s%3DshowShareBarUI%3Ap%3Dfacebook-like
Interesting findings, but not always the case - anyone can be affected: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/9937906/Low-education-link-to-violent-relationships
What can we learn from the tragic deaths of Bradley and Ellen Livingstone? http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/297791/lessons-must-be-learned