The shooting of two Dunedin children by their father has led
to an increase in reporting of family violence incidents in
the city, police say.
Dunedin police recorded 856 family violence-related incidents
between July 2013 and February 2014, compared with 769 in the
previous 12 months, already an 11% increase.
Bradley and Ellen Livingstone were killed by their father,
Edward (51), in their St Leonards home on January 15.
Inspector Mel Aitken said since the shooting police had been
contacted daily by people ''saying they were worried about a
certain person in our family, or a person has exhibited
strange behaviour or said something strange''.
''In the past we would still get those calls but probably not
She cautioned those family violence-related incidents were
''not necessarily offences but what has been reported''.
Police took reports of family violence ''extremely
seriously'', as the Prevention First Strategy aimed to place
the victim at the centre of police decision-making.
''Increases in calls for service demonstrate society's
intolerance to family violence,'' Insp Aitken said.
• In an emergency call 111.
• Women's Refuge National Helpline 0800 REFUGE
(0800 733- 843).
• Shine Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0508
• Child, Youth and Family Line: 0508 FAMILY (0508
• Family Violence information line: 0800 456-450