16 Oct 2015

Cooks domestic violence spikes

2:27 pm on 16 October 2015

The Cook Islands women's counselling centre says over the past six months there has been a spike in the numbers of women seeking help following domestic violence incidents.

Punanga Tauturu's office manager, Nga Teinangaro, says they have seen 150 women since April.

She says it is a "bittersweet" scenario because it highlights an issue the NGO has always known was present on Rarotonga.

She says in some of the cases, the women involved have used the centre previously, but many are women who have come them for the first time.

Nga Teinangaro believes the new Family Law Bill will give confidence to even more women to stand up and stamp out the national domestic abuse problem.

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