Ex­tra polic­ing wel­comed by com­mu­nity group

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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