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Govt And Nats Disagree Over Rise In Violent Crime

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Wellington, Oct 2 NZPA - The Government says an increase in violent crime is mainly because more domestic incidents are being reported, but the National Party isn't buying that.

Crime statistics issued yesterday showed violent crime, including murders, jumped dramatically in the year to June.

Figures show 54 people were murdered, four more than in the previous year but well below the high of 67 in 2001/02.

Justice Minister Annette King said today the increase came from family violence.

"I'm not sure whether we're a more violent society but we know we've got more violence being reported," she said on Radio New Zealand.

"Most of that, from the police statistics, has been an increased in reported family violence in every category."

Ms King said family violence homicides in 1998 made up 11 percent of the total, today the figure was 35 percent.

National's justice spokesman, Simon Power, said there had been a year on year increase in violence across the board.

"The question the public will be asking themselves is when does this conversation stop being about an increase in reporting and start being about an increase in violence, which is exactly what is happening," he said.

"I don't accept the argument that all the increase in violence that we've seen over the last 12 months is purely related to domestic violence."

Mr Power said the Government was refusing to acknowledge that under it's watch there had been an increase in violent crime of nearly 47 percent.

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