Abuse and violence toward children is on the rise and the Salvation Army says more needs to be done to change public policy in the area.
The Salvation Army has released its seventh annual State of the Nation report in which it reviews social progress in New Zealand.
The social agency said we were all but ignoring children in poverty, domestic violence and violent crime…. the report showed the number of substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect had risen 3.7 per cent to 22,984. The Number of offences against children, including violence, mistreatment or neglect, had risen 1.3 per cent to 5212…
Domestic violence in general increased over the five year period to 2013 and still a large amount of violence was going unreported.
There are more than 30,000 domestic violence offences each year which accounts for about 60 per cent of all violent offences.
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