Extra policing welcomed by community group
No one was more pleased to see the advent of 24/7 policing in Kaitaia on Monday than HEALnz.
“We are really excited at the increase in services and the impact it will have on the Kaitaia community in supporting victims, especially those of sexual harm,” chairwoman Ciaran Torrington said.
“We hope this increased sense of safety will encourage more victims to come forward and seek help after a sexual assault.
“Here more than ever we need victims to seek help early to increase our chances of conviction, prevent further assaults and protect our community.”
Ms Torrington said she had written a “gaps analysis” on sexual abuse services in 2016, identifying the fact that there was nowhere for rape victims to go in the middle night as a key issue.
“I am grateful to see some good progress in increasing services for rape victims in Kaitaia, and hope this continues with an adult sexual assault investigator and MEDsac facilities being based here in the near future,” she said.