Christmas violence: A knife to the throat
Police, Refuge speak out ahead of festive season
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
Waiariki Women’s Refuge manager Paula Coker.