Preventing and responding to family, whānau and sexual violence during COVID-19

Ngā Wai a Te Tūī Māori and Indigenous Research Centre and the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse are partnering to provide information on preventing and responding to family, whānau and sexual violence during COVID-19 ... Read more

Te Whare Māori

Information and resources for whānau, communities and kaupapa Māori services


Updates from government agencies

Information from government agencies relevant to family, whānau and sexual violence 

Home office

For family, whānau and sexual violence services

Practice-based information for specialist family, whānau and sexual violence services


For non-specialist services

Information on responding to family violence for non-specialist services

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For people experiencing abuse

Accessing family violence and sexual violence services, staying safe online and more

For people using abuse

Where you can go for help to change behaviour

For parents

Information for parents affected by violence

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How to help

What to do if you're concerned about a family or whānau member, friend,  neighbour or community member


For specific communities

- Māori communities
- Pacific communities
- Asian communities
- Disabled people
- Older people
- LGBTQI | Takatāpui communities

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General wellbeing information and resources

Policy and strategy

Key issues in addressing family, whānau and sexual violence during and after a pandemic


Experience in New Zealand and internationally has shown that family violence (including intimate partner violence, child abuse and elder abuse) and sexual violence can escalate during and after large-scale disasters or crises. The current COVID-19 pandemic also brings specific risks. Self-isolation can mean the risk of more severe violence from a partner, family member or other household member. Victims may also experience challenges to connecting with supportive people or accessing help in usual ways.

Specialist family violence and sexual violence services, NGOs, communities and government agencies are working together to provide information and services. Family violence and sexual violence services are essential services and are available at all Alert Levels, even if services need to be delivered in different ways. It is okay to ask for help if you or someone else is in danger. Helplines are available. Talk to friends, whānau and neighbours if you need support, or to see if they need help. If you think someone is in immediate danger of being harmed or may harm themselves, call the Police on 111.

These pages bring together information on family violence, sexual violence and COVID-19 in one place. All are being regularly updated. We continue to add and update weekly.

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