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Wednesday 18 October 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime, Local, National
media officer Trevor Pitt said last year the violence cases were over 26 per
cent of the total number of cases requesting police intervention.
reported domestic incidents cover the full range of disputes and arguments,
which are mostly settled once the police show up. So no further action is
required,” Pitt said.
serious cases are those that result in a physical action, i.e. assault. These
are the ones that represent about 26 per cent of the total number of complaints
Islands counselling services, Punanga Tauturu Inc (PTI) and Te Punanga Ora’anga
Matutu (Te POM), said the stats could have been a lot higher.
coordinator Rebeka Buchanan says the court or police refer those who come to
them with all these issues to the counselling services.
Buchanan says they would prefer that the victims or those accused be referred
to them earlier, than or as soon as they are identified.
when cases are taken to court and if the court orders counselling, then the
counselling takes about six weeks, causing a delay to the matter.
says the best way to work with them is to have both the defendant and victim
attend both the men and women’s counselling sessions.
Gregory of Te POM said there still needed to be a lot of awareness taking
again called on traditional leaders, church, and government leaders to talk
about domestic violence and create awareness.
should preach about it and leaders should speak out about it,” Gregory said.
“If we have to make a change, then talk about it, don’t be silent.”