If you are Maori, it’s safer to get a non-Maori partner


Maori are three times more likely to be killed by a partner than non-Maori, according to figures obtained under the Official Information Act.

The figures, released to Newstalk ZB and covering the years between 2009 and 2013, show Maori are almost three times more likely to be killed by their intimate partners than non-Maori or non-Pacific peoples. They’re also two and a half times more likely to be offenders in intimate partner homicide cases.

The Waikato Women’s Refuge, Te Whakaruruhau, blamed the over-representation of Maori in domestic violence figures on family separation.

Waikato refuge CEO Ruahine Albert said she was not surprised at the statistics.

She said the refuge worked with 95-100 cases a week, and of that 60-70 would be Maori.



– NZ Herald

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