NZ Police: Nearly 50 per cent of children who die as a result of family violence are killed by their mothers
NZ Police today released a report summarising the findings of 95 family violence death reviews involving 101 victims between 2004 and 2011.
The report, which did not include all deaths that occurred during that period, found 15 out of 33 child victims were killed by their mums.
Five newborn babies were killed by women who concealed their pregnancies, while six children were killed by their mothers prior to them committing suicide.
The most common cause of death was head trauma. Suffocation or drowning by the mother was also on the list.
The article provides a complete breakdown of relationship violence resulting in death. For NZ this is ground breaking stuff and we need to spread this data far and wide.