Eight violence callouts each day

By Carly Udy


Police in Tauranga attended almost eight domestic violence cal louts a day last month.
Family violence co-ordinator for the Western Bay of Plenty, Detective Sergeant Jason Perry, said callouts ranged from an argument between parents, to a serious assault.
The number of calls has in creased steadily. In February 2004, 112 domestic violence callouts were received in Western Bay of Plenty compared with 217 last month.
In just two days last week there were 15 calls. The most serious was on Tuesday night with an alleged assault on a 22-year-old woman.
The incident occurred at 5pm while the woman was sitting in a car with her three children, in a residential street in Maungatapu.
Her 25-year-old partner allegedly reached in and punched the woman in the ribs and head.
She managed to get out of the car, only to be grabbed. She fell to the ground and was then allegedly kneed in the head.
The attack only stopped when a member of the public yelled out. The man took off but was found by police two days later and charged with assault with intent to injure, assaulting a female and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle. He is due in court on Thursday.
Two men were arrested on Friday night in separate incidents for assaulting their female partners. A 38-year-old man was arrested at 10.20pm in Tarawera St, Hairini, and will appear in Tauranga District Court on March 18.
A 28-year-old unemployed man was arrested at Tauranga Police Station at 10.40pm and will appear in Tauranga District Court on March 14.
Mr Perry said a trend was that domestic violence usually dropped off near winter but that had not been the case this year.
Domestic violence offenders were breaching bail conditions by returning to their victim's home and reoffending.
One benefit of more reported assaults was that it was a reflec tion of better recording systems, more media coverage and strengthened partnerships between agencies, Mr Perry said.
Tauranga Women's Refuge manager Hazel Hape said women were more informed about their options to seek help.
She said the economic climate was a contributing factor but the main reason remained lack of effective communication about what partners needed from one another.
Police attended 15 domestic related call outs from Friday to this morning, Mr Perry said.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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