There are a range of legislative responses, action plans, and programmes to support those experiencing family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Te Aorerekura: the National Strategy for the Elimination of Family Violence and Sexual Violence is a 25-year Strategy and Action Plan for eliminating family violence and sexual violence. There is a stronger focus on primary prevention, healing, and the critical role of tangata whenua and community leadership for achieving intergenerational change. 

Manatū Wāhine is an associate agency of Te Puna Aonui and is committed to supporting this important work. 

New Zealand has a range of legislative responses to family and sexual violence, including: 

New Zealand’s international response

New Zealand is committed to preventing violence against women and girls at an international level. Our key international commitment to prevent violence is to the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

In July 2018, the government’s work and progress was examined by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on its 2016 eighth periodic report. The examination highlighted family and sexual violence as issues of significant concerns. 

In its response to New Zealand’s 2020 interim report, the CEDAW committee advised that more work is required to improve Family Court systems (the Ministry of Justice is leading work in this area). The next CEDAW report is due in 2023. 

Feeling unsafe? These organisations can help you.

If you or someone you know experiences abuse or violence, you have a right to ask for help, and help is available in many places. Services are confidential, and often free. Te Puna Aonui, the joint venture on family violence and sexual violence, provide links and contact information for a range of support services.