A list of websites and organisations working to stop family violence and abuse, and provide support and information for people dealing with violence in their lives.
It’s Not OK
It’s Not OK is a public campaign set up by the Ministry of Social Development and the Families Commission to stop family violence in New Zealand communities. It has a range of useful information, including people’s real life stories.
Ministry of Social Development
Focuses on helping to build successful individuals, strong, healthy families and communities. It is the leading government agency in working with family violence in New Zealand.
- Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families
- Directory of organisations in your area that can help with family violence
Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children
Oranga Tamariki works with families to ensure young people and children in New Zealand are kept safe.
A national domestic abuse charity to help keep people safe. Includes useful information such as warning signs, and myths and facts of domestic abuse.
The Women’s Refuge provides support and information for women dealing with violence in their lives. Their aim is to prevent and stop domestic violence, so women and children can be safe.
- contact details and information about crisis centres across New Zealand
- rape prevention education to young people in schools – an information site about healthy sexual relationships
- training and information for professionals, parents and family/whānau.
FindSupport: Support following sexual violence
ACC offers fully-funded and immediate support and treatment – including support for your family and whānau. It doesn’t matter if it happened recently or a long time ago, there’s support available when you’re ready.
Provides information to serve the needs of older people, offering nationally contracted services, education, resources and national leadership.
Strengthening Families helps to coordinate support for your family/whānau by bringing together the people and agencies that could help your family.
Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice operates the Family Court, which plays an important role in the care and protection of children. It has useful information on counselling, domestic violence, mediation and parenting through separation.
The Victims' Centre, within the Ministry of Justice, provides victim/survivors with information about their rights, entitlements and the criminal justice process. It does this through the Victims' Information website, Victims' Information publications and Victims' Information Line.
New Zealand Family Violence Clearing House
The national centre for collating and disseminating information about domestic and family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner advocates for the best interests of all children and young people in New Zealand. Their website includes:
- Advice on what to do if you have concerns for the wellbeing and safety of a child
- Chose to hug – a helpful brochure for parents on how to encourage good behaviour in their children.
Plunket staff can provide support and information for any parent who feels afraid or is in a violent relationship.
Work and Income
Work and Income NZ run a violence intervention programme. Their case managers have been trained to identify and respond appropriately to people who are living in or leaving violent family situations.