Family violence and sexual violence are gendered in terms of victimisation, perpetration and impacts of violence. Women are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer partner abuse in their lifetime. Women are more likely to be killed by a partner than men are, and girls are more likely to be killed by a family member than boys. Men are more likely to perpetrate sexual violence, serious assaults on adults and children, and to be arrested for family violence. Women suffer more repeat victimisation, harm, fear, stalking and negative health impacts of partner abuse than men.
Māori women, Pacific women, young women, women on a low income, rainbow people, women in gang-involved families and women with disabilities are at a higher risk of experiencing family violence than other women, and are more likely to experience secondary victimisation when seeking help. Family violence and sexual violence have a significant impact on women’s physical, psychological, sexual, reproductive, and spiritual wellbeing.
A strong gender analysis is a critical component of the Government’s response to family violence and sexual violence. The Minister for Women will help to ensure this gender analysis through the Social Wellbeing Committee’s oversight of this response, as one of its priorities. The Ministry for Women also has an important advisory role to the joint venture of the Social Wellbeing Board to support the Board’s delivery of this priority work programme.”
Ministry of Justice (2018) Leadership of Government’s collective efforts to reduce family violence and sexual violence