Reducing family & sexual violence

Together we can end family violence, the time is now Stop family violence. Did you know it’s a crime to:
- Strangle or suffocate someone
- Force anyone to get married
- Assault anyone in your family
Find out more about the new family violence laws

The Government has recently passed the Family Violence Act and the Family Violence (Amendments) Act to provide a modern and enabling framework to effectively address family violence.

Find out more about the Family Violence Act and the Family Violence (Amendment) Act

Family violence and sexual violence have a devastating impact on people and communities across the country.

Each year, New Zealand Police conduct more than 100,000 investigations related to family violence. Nearly half of all homicides and reported violent crimes are family violence related. It is estimated that one in four females and one in eight males experience sexual violence or abuse in their lifetimes, many before the age of 16.

Find out more about statistics related to family violence

What is family violence and sexual violence?

Family violence is physical, sexual or psychological abuse against any person by someone with whom they have a close and personal relationship. Psychological abuse includes economic and financial abuse, threats of violence, property damage and causing children to witness violence.

Family violence includes intimate partner violence; child abuse and neglect by a family member; elder abuse and neglect by a family member; and abuse of a family member with disabilities.

Sexual violence affects people of every age, gender and sexual orientation. It can range from sexual coercion and intimidation to physical offences such as indecent assault and rape.

Cross-government leadership

The Ministry of Justice is part of a cross-government work programme related to family and sexual violence that aims to ensure victims are safer, improve services are change long-standing behaviours and attitudes.

Find out more about the Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme

Help & advice

If you or someone you know needs information about how and where to get help, visit the following websites:

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