December means domestic violence, says Waikato Police

19:12, Dec 19 2013

Hot weather, money trouble and idle hands are flaring tempers around the region as the pressure of the holiday season puts the squeeze on the family home.

The pressure cooker situation had turned what was meant to be Christmas cheer into a December of domestic violence in a number of homes with the Waikato police already tending to 325 incidents this month.

District manager for victims and families Senior Sergeant Pete Simpson said the first few weeks of summer had been marred by domestic violence incidents with 200 callouts in Hamilton alone.

''Over the past couple of weeks our staff have been called from one domestic incident to another as higher temperatures, financial pressure, increased consumption of alcohol and teenagers being on study leave and school holidays combine to create a volatile mix,'' said Mr Simpson.

On Wednesday the Armed Offenders Squad and Police Eagle helicopter callout to a rural property in Te Hoe where a 45-year old gang member was arrested after reports of an assault on a woman.

''It came after the arrest of a woman in Chartwell that morning who was drinking in breach of her home detention conditions and arguing with her mother, a couple who argued at a city intersection and complaints about youths on Killarney Rd where one was found to have been in a fight earlier in the day.

''Monday last week saw our staff deal with a woman in Frankton threatening to harm herself and a four year-old child, a man in Gordonton smashing windows while children and a firearm were present, and a man in Nawton threatening his ex-partner and Police with a firearm."