Information on the Family Violence Networks
There are approximately 48 regional Family Violence Networks in New Zealand. Formerly known as the Te Rito Networks, they are made up of a range of government and community agencies who work in family violence. The Networks support the delivery of community-based family violence prevention initiatives, recognising that halting family violence requires effective collaboration and strengthening communities' capacity to work together. Activities that Family Violence Networks undertake include:
- Coordinating local agency responses and services – e.g. interagency case referral (Family Violence Interagency Response System (FVIARS) or similar)
- Improving practice of organisations – e.g. training; developing good practice; collaborative policies; monitoring & research
- Supporting projects that help survivors and perpetrators, children, family and whanau – e.g identifying service gaps, developing new collaborative services
- Promotion – e.g. engaging with media; promoting available help and services
- Working to mobilise communities and prevent family violence (primary prevention) – e.g. activities to increase understanding of family violence, encourage people to ask for help and ensure community members take it seriously and offer help to others. This includes campaigns; community education; and working with businesses, churches, marae, sports groups, schools, ethnic community groups to prevent family violence
- Building relationships inside and outside the sector – building the network and encouraging new members, as well as working with people who are not family violence service providers to ensure they can provide effective support to people experiencing family violence, and contribute to preventing violence.
This list of activities is taken from About Family Violence Networks in New Zealand (June 2013). The paper was developed for family violence network members, and summarises some of the material that informs the 'Coordinated community action' workshops run by the It’s not OK family violence prevention campaign.
Family Violence Networks – background and key messages (March 2012)
This two page document provides brief background information on the Family Violence Networks.
Click here to download contact details for the Family Violence Networks (as at March 2023).
Research and reports related to the Family Violence Networks
Review of Te Rito
This review found the that the Family Violence Networks had contributed to greater leadership, more effective services, enhanced safety and accountability, changing attitudes and behaviours and sustained collaborations.
Building collaborations to eliminate family violence
This NZFVC Issues Paper paper provides a broad perspective on best-practice principles and challenges relating to coordinated collaborative initiatives generally and as they relate to family violence specifically. It explores the current state of collaborative work on family violence in New Zealand. It is informed by a literature review and discussions with key informants: people with long experience of community-based family violence networks. The funding for the preparation of this Issues Paper was provided by the Families Commission.
Building collaborations to eliminate family violence: facilitators, barriers and good practice. New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, March 2012.
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Expert Advisory Group report
The Report of the Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence (2013) made recommendations about the Family Violence Networks.
Media on the Family Violence Networks