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Justice report hits on violence rates

The Ministry of Justice has issued a new report tracking sexual violence cases through the New Zealand criminal justice system.

The report Attrition and Progression: Reported Sexual Violence Victimisations in the Criminal Justice System showed one in four adults would experience sexual violence during their lives.

However, the report found that only a small proportion of these offences is reported to police, and of those reported only a small proportion resulted in conviction.

“Trends for people charged with or convicted of sexual violence offences are reasonably well understood. However, the same cannot be said for sexual violence victims and the experiences they report to police,” the report said.

“Where research has been undertaken it has not provided a complete view.”

In a statement, the Ministry said the research quantified the proportion of reported sexual violence victimisations that currently progressed through the justice system to a conviction.

“Additionally, it aims to determine if differences exist over time, for children and young people, adults reporting historic childhood offences, different offence types, Māori and different perpetrator relationship types,” the statement said.

“A large-scale analysis of this type has not previously been undertaken in New Zealand., and it differs from previous research in that it includes all sexual violence victimisations reported to police over a four-year period and includes both adult and child victims.”

The 82-page report can be accessed at this PS News link.