Bryan Ward - Family Violence

Publish Date
Friday, 5 February 2016, 12:45PM
By Bryan Ward

If you or any of your whanau need help this holiday to deal with a family violence matter then please contact any of the numbers below...

Remember for emergency situations ring 111 in the first instance, ALWAYS!

Family violence is a crime. It is not a private matter. People in violent relationships often cannot help themselves. They need your help.

In an emergency dial 111 and ask for the Police. Your call could save a life. Ignoring family violence could result in serious injury or death. Nearly half of all homicides in New Zealand are related to family violence.

The law says that 'domestic violence' can be physical, sexual or psychological.

  • Nobody has the right to assault another person.
  • Nobody is allowed to have sexual contact with another person without permission.
  • Nobody has the right to use intimidation, threats or mind games to gain power over another person

Getting more help:

  • Are You OK? website: For information about family violence, what it is and where to get help.
  • Family Violence Information Line (0800 456 450): Provides self-help information and connects people to services where appropriate. It is available seven days a week, from 9am to 11pm, with an after-hours message redirecting callers in the case of an emergency.
  • Child, Youth and Family: Phone 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) if you are concerned about a child or young person.
  • Relationship Services: Phone 0800 RELATE (0800 735 283) during business hours for further information or to make a booking for counselling.
  • Women’s Refuge: Phone 0800 REFUGE (733 843) or look in the White pages of the phone book for your local refuge.
  • Shine 'Safe Homes in NZ everyday': Free helpline 0508 744 633 provides information to victims of family violence and to those worried about a friend or family member who might be experiencing family violence.
  • National Network of Stopping Violence is a network of community organisations working to end men’s violence to women and children across New Zealand. To find your nearest office visit the National Network of Stopping Violence website.
  • Jigsaw is a network of groups that advocate against all forms of child harm and neglect and family violence. Phone the helpline 0800 228 737.
  • Community Law Centres are located throughout the country – look in the White pages of your phone book.

Victim Support groups are located throughout the country – look in the White pages of your phone book.

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