Violence flares in festive season
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."
Help agencies in Marlborough:
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
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