From 1 July 2019, family violence agencies and social services practitioners will be able to share information to better respond to family violence.
Safe information sharing can help protect people from harm and ensure better, more consistent responses to family violence. The Family Violence Act 2018 introduced information sharing laws to allow the family violence sector to collect, use and disclose personal information for specified purposes. The new laws require those in the family violence sector to consider sharing information if it may help protect a victim from family violence, or if they receive a request for information.
Operational guidance is being developed to support the family violence sector to use the new law. The Guidance will be available on this webpage soon.
Information sharing guidance: Summary of feedback report
In January 2019 we released a summary of feedback received from victims, practitioners, agencies and the public on the draft family violence information sharing guidance.
You can find more information about the consultation on the information sharing guidance here: www.consultations.justice.govt.nz/policy/information-sharing-guidance-fv-sector/(external link)