Violent women on the rise
A 14-YEAR-OLD girl charged with assault after an alleged attack on two other teenage girls is just the latest in a growing trend of female violence, according to police.
Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said the alleged incident, which happened in a suburban Bundaberg street on Thursday night, was part of a disturbing rise in violent behaviour among young girls.
“There has been an increase in the number of girls who resort to violence,” Insp Guteridge said.
“They used to call each other names across the playground. These days they pull out a knife or pick up a stick.”
He said most reports of assaults involving females were of teenage girls getting into “catfights”.
“A lot of this is occurring in school grounds, which makes it a behavioural issue, which is particularly concerning,” he said.
“It’s frustrating for us.”
Insp Guteridge said most cases did not involve alcohol and, while females in their early 20s did get into fights, it was mainly teens.
A Bundaberg taxi driver who witnessed a fight between two girls about six months ago said he was shocked at how vicious the brawl was.
“It was on Woongarra Street and these two girls were scratching and kicking and hitting each other,” he said.
“Everyone stayed well out of their way. The ferocity of it really surprised me and I’m quite sure it was chemically induced.”
B Transformed psychologist Katie Murrell said family troubles during younger years were often the cause of the violence in teenage girls.
“The aggressive behaviour is usually because of a lack of problem solving and communication skills,” she said.
“Some girls don’t care where they are or who’s watching, they just need to get that aggression out.”
The psychologist said technology had “a lot to answer for” with the attacks.
“There are horrible websites that encourage this doom and gloom and explain how to hurt someone and encourage people to put up videos of fights,” she said.
“At the end of the day, these girls do not like themselves and they are just taking it out on others.”