Stop­ping abuse

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL and KRIS DANDO

Fam­ily vi­o­lence is the top pri­or­ity for Porirua po­lice, who are pour­ing re­sources into its preven­tion and re­port­ing.

About 30 fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents hap­pen ev­ery week in Porirua, says Kapiti-Mana area com­man­der In­spec­tor John Price.

‘‘Po­lice are treat­ing this as the num­ber one crime – there is a high like­li­hood of death or se­ri­ous as­sault. It’s highly emo­tive and there are chil­dren in­volved,’’ Mr Price says.

Mother-daugh­ter abuse and el­der abuse rates are par­tic­u­larly high in Porirua.

Po­lice have in­tro­duced a ques­tion­naire to judge the like­li­hood of se­ri­ous crimes hap­pen­ing af­ter fam­ily vi­o­lence is re­ported. The tool cal­cu­lates a prob­a­bil­ity of rape, se­ri­ous as­sault or death hap­pen­ing in en­su­ing months or years.

A com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice will be pro­vided for vic­tims who are high­risk, and po­lice are work­ing closely with the courts, Child, Youth and Fam­ily, women’s refuges and even the SPCA to pro­vide this, Mr Price says.

‘‘We work hard with our part­ners in CYFS and the courts.

‘‘This is not just about po­lice tack­ling this is­sue – this is like put­ting a jig­saw puz­zle to­gether.’’

Po­lice are also re­vok­ing firearms li­cences when fam­ily vi­o­lence oc­curs at ru­ral prop­er­ties.

The com­mu­nity can help po­lice by re­port­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence, no mat­ter how mi­nor it seems.

‘‘We need peo­ple to re­port – if you are a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, do some­thing about it. Think of the chil­dren,’’ Mr Price says.

Porirua po­lice can be contacted on 238 1400.

Pam­pered: Wil­langi Nadal – named for the ten­nis player – is a great-look­ing cat with a play­ful na­ture, and he could be the puss to beat at the Cat of the Year com­pe­ti­tion this Satur­day. He is with owner and event or­gan­iser Sue Gor­don.

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