Christ­mas vi­o­lence: A knife to the throat

Po­lice, Refuge speak out ahead of fes­tive sea­son

Rotorua Daily Post - - Front Page - Cira Olivier con­tin­ued on A2

While some peo­ple are ty­ing up Christ­mas presents, oth­ers are be­ing tied to trees for days on end.

Eye sock­ets are be­ing cracked in­stead of pass­ing around Christ­mas crack­ers.

Fam­ily harm is rife in Ro­torua and spikes in in­ves­ti­ga­tions dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod show it’s not the jolly sea­son we like to think it is.

Now Women’s Refuge and po­lice are speak­ing out to raise aware­ness in the lead-up to Christ­mas.

Last De­cem­ber, Ro­torua had the high­est num­ber of fam­ily harm in­ves­ti­ga­tions in 12 years, with 399 cases. This was 156 more than the low­est month last year, 243 in Fe­bru­ary.

In 2017, De­cem­ber and June had

Photo / Stephen Parker

Wa­iariki Women’s Refuge man­ager Paula Coker.

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