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.
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