Domestic violence disappoints police

Wednesday January 03, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

Police are disappointed that despite the advent of White Ribbon Day in November and a 16-day campaign to end gender-based violence, incidents of assaults on women continue to occur on Rarotonga. 


In fact, the November figure for reported incidents of domestic violence was up on the previous month.  

While there may be arguments to support this being due to the willingness of victims to come forward – rather than not report it – the frequency of the cases is still disturbing, says Cook Islands police media consultant Trevor Pitt.

On Wednesday morning of last week an incident of an assault against a woman was reported to the police. 

The victim was taken to the hospital to be medically examined and the offender was interviewed by the police.

The man admitted the assault and he was arrested and charged.

In two other separate incidents involving assaults on females, reported earlier, the offenders made appearances in court last Thursday.

Both entered no plea when called and were bailed with conditions to reappear on January 25, 2018. 

In the case of one of the offenders, a letter of withdrawal was produced in court on behalf of the victim. 

However, the court refused to withdraw the matter and the offender was made aware of the recently-passed legislation, the Family Support and Protection Act.

“The annual statistics on domestic violence will be examined in more detail early next year, once the December figures are completed,” Pitt said. 

“It remains to be seen how effective the messages and campaigns have been in recent years.” 

All violence against women should be reported to the police, Pitt says.       - Release

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