Stop bashing your family you feral scum!

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An increasing number of younger men are using violence against family members – “mostly mums” – a specialist family violence agency says.

Of about 190 men listed on family violence police incident reports in North Canterbury in a 12-month period, 23 were aged 15 to 19.

The majority, about 30 per cent, were aged between 20 and 29, and five were under 15.

Ramon York, a Rangiora-based ReachOut worker, said he had observed an “enormous increase” in family violence cases involving younger men.

“There are far more young people coming up on the [incident reports], that is young boys and girls who are acting out against their mum or their brothers and sisters . . . mums mostly.”

The elephant in the room is…. where are the fathers?  

“A significant percentage of the police incident reports we receive identify younger men, commonly between the ages of 15 and 25, who have used some form of violence within their families.

“We know that those police incident reports capture only a very small percentage – 20 per cent, no more – of violence that is taking place within homes and communities.

“Even if the problem of violence amongst younger people was not growing, which we believe it is . . . we absolutely need to develop a focused response for younger people. Because if we don’t do that . . . we won’t break the intergenerational cycle of violence.”

Senior Constable Chris Hurring, family violence co-ordinator for North Canterbury, said violence by younger men, quite often towards parents or caregivers, was a concern and “a battle that’s quite a hard one to fight”.

They all refuse to identify the family situation that these violence cases occur in.  Dad no longer there?  Mum has a deadbeat boyfriend?

15-25 would be an age where a lot of anger and rage will come out as puberty and, to them, a lifetime of screwed up priorities all come to a head.

I tell you one thing:  if any of my kids took to my wife, it would be the last time they’d ever try or dare to try.   Children innately know that you don’t beat up on your mum because dad’s there to protect her.

But… no dad…

 

– Anna Pearson, The Press


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