It may be due to the time of the year and the unseasonable hot weather, but in the last week we have dealt with numerous domestic violence incidents. They have ranged from just verbal arguments through to assaults on partners and children.
Domestic violence, at any level, is something that should not be tolerated. The psychological and physical effects on victims of domestic violence affect their well being, and have long term effects on their lives, as well as their whole family.
Domestic violence is a learned behaviour. Children who are exposed to domestic violence from a young age are more likely (when older, and in similar stressful situations) to react in the same way, which just means the violence cycle continues.
If you are in or know someone in a abusive relationship, there are a lot of local agencies that can offer help.
Police have a dedicated Family Harm Team that work to reduce and prevent family harm. Don’t be afraid to call an agency, ring or come and see us at the station; we can help you out.
I would encourage any one who is physically assaulted to report the matter immediately to Police. The same goes for persons who have witnessed such assaults.
One thing I do know is if such incidents aren’t reported, the offender will think the victim didn’t do anything the last time so ‘they can do it again.’ Each time it is not reported, the violence will get worse.
Every year in New Zealand there are numerous victims of serious assaults or homicides as a direct result of domestic violence. These don’t need to happen.
Family violence should always be reported so it doesn’t get progressively worse. If not the end result can be fatal.