Family violence: Children most at risk from mothers

NZ Herald 25 Sep 2012
Children are far more likely to be killed by their mothers than any other category of offender, a new police review of family violence cases shows. Police have released a review of the circumstances surrounding 95 family violence incidents which caused 101 deaths since 2004. The report is not an exhaustive analysis of family violence incidents, but does provide information about trends in offending. It found mothers killed 15 of the 33, or 45 per cent, of the child victims identified in the report – far more than any other category of offender. In five cases, the mother concealed her pregnancy and then killed the baby after birth. The other children killed by their mothers died by drowning, physical assault or in a murder/suicide. Nearly 80 per cent of the child victims lived in the same house as their attacker and many had significant historical injuries. Police said incapable parenting was a factor in a number of the family violence deaths of babies or young children.

Startling family violence figures
Newstalk ZB 25 Sep 2012
The Director of Family First says the latest statistics on family violence are hard to stomach. Between 2004 and September last year, 101 people died from family violence. Bob McCoskrie says it’s startling that most of the 33 children killed were killed by their mothers. He says it shows our focus so far, has been all wrong. “Statistics just show that we really haven’t tackled the root causes of family violence in our community and unfortunately I think the gender focus has meant that we’ve missed some of the real causes.”