Violence flares in festive season

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:30 24/12/2012

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Police are urging people to avoid potentially violent situations during the holiday season after violence in Marlborough increased dramatically in the past month.

Blenheim family violence co-ordinator Constable Bridget Taylor said incidents of family violence increase during the festive season.

"There are pressures on people at this time of year," Ms Taylor said.

"Incidents of family violence have increased dramatically, making this time of the year one of the busiest for police dealing with family violence."

Violence often stemmed from money pressures, relatives visiting, kids being home from school and relationship problems, she said. Alcohol also played a significant part in triggering violence in the home.

Police attended more than 60 family violence incidents in Blenheim during December 2011 and January 2012.

"We are encouraging both victims and offenders of family violence that it is OK to ask for help and that they will be listened to."


GET HELP

Help agencies in Marlborough:

Police 111

Women's Refuge 03 577 9939

Victim Support 0800 842 846

Youth Line 0800 376 6333

Crisis Team (mental health) 0800 800 717

Family Violence (9am-11pm) 0800 456 450

Online: areyouok.org.nz 

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- The Marlborough Express

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