Story: Violent crime

Highlighting violence in New Zealand

Man holding white cross with a photograph of a woman with a badly bruised face attached to it.

During a 2002 violent crime protest, Sensible Sentencing Trust activist Norm Withers displayed a graphic photo of his elderly mother Nan, who was badly beaten by an intruder in 1997. Crosses representing New Zealand’s victims of violent crime were laid on the steps of Parliament at the protest. Community activism over the number of violent deaths has intensified in recent years, with Withers a prominent spokesperson. Together with the Sensible Sentencing Trust, he has campaigned for harsher sentences for those who commit violent crimes, especially murder.

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Greg Newbold, 'Violent crime - Trends in violent crime', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2024)

Story by Greg Newbold, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 3 May 2024 with assistance from Greg Newbold