Family violence statistics

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This page provides links to sources of family and sexual violence statistics.

Family violence statistics at a glance

For quick summaries of key statistics and infographics see:

Our data - you asked us (New Zealand Police, 2019)

Snapshot of key data (NZFVC data summary, June 2017)

'The true picture' infographic poster (Family Violence: It's not OK, 2017)

Statistics information page (Family Violence: It's not OK, 2017)

Family violence deaths, January 2009 - December 2015 (FVDRC, 2017)

Safety of children (Office of the Children's Commissioner, 2016)

Elder abuse (Age Concern, 2018)

Further recent family violence statistics are available in this report:
Every 4 minutes: a discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand (Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, 2018) (see p.12-)

NZFVC Data Summaries

Annual collections of family and sexual violence statistics from government and non-government agencies and research studies (until 2017):

About NZFVC data summaries

Some government agencies have published more recent data.  

Ethnic and community specific data

Many reports on this page including NZFVC Data Summaries provide some ethnic specific data. The reports listed here focus on data broken down by ethnicity.

Māori

Understanding family violence: Māori in New Zealand (Te Puni Kōkiri, 2017)

Pasifika

Pasifika research (Le Va, 2018)

Understanding family violence (Pasefika Proud, 2016)

By ethnicity

Towards freedom from violence: New Zealand family violence statistics disaggregated by ethnicity. (Paulin, J. & Edgar, N. Office of Ethnic Affairs, 2013)

LGBTQI|Takatāpui (Rainbow) communities

Survey findings - partner violence and sexual violence
(Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence, 2016)

Family violence deaths

The Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) provides the most comprehensive review of the circumstances involved with family violence deaths in New Zealand. 

Latest report:

Family Violence Death Review Committee: fifth report data: January 2009 to December 2015. (FVDRC, 2017).

Find previous reports:

 Family Violence Death Review Committee publications.

New Zealand Police also publish an annual statistics report on homicide victims.

Population-based research

Population-based research provides the most reliable source of prevalence data available and provides information about victims and perpetrators of family violence.

You will find population-based data on family and sexual violence in New Zealand in these surveys and longitudinal studies.

Surveys:

New Zealand Violence Against Women Study

This is the largest study of violence against women ever undertaken in New Zealand. It provides robust data on the prevalence and health consequences of violence. Conducted in 2003, the survey involved face-to-face interviews with 2,855 women from a random sample in the community. 

Findings published in these journal articles

Learn more about the New Zealand Violence Against Women Study

Crime and Victims Survey (NZCVS)

The New Zealand Crime & Victims Survey (NZCVS) has replaced the the previous New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey (NZCASS) series.

Previous surveys: 

2014 New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey

Earlier New Zealand crime and safety surveys 

Youth2000 Survey series

The first National Survey of the Health and Wellbeing of New Zealand Secondary School Students was conducted in 2001 by the Adolescent Health Research Group (AHRG),  University of Auckland. The survey covered a wide range of health-related areas including witnessing violence in the home, experience of physical violence, antisocial behaviours, antisocial messaging and sexual abuse and coercion. The survey was repeated in 2007 and 2012. Findings on violence are included in these reports.

Latest survey results:

Youth '12 prevalence tables: The health and wellbeing of New Zealand secondary school students in 2012. (Clark, T.C., et al. AHRG, 2013).

Reports with a focus on violence (including sexual violence): 

Sexual and reproductive health and sexual violence among New Zealand secondary school students: Findings from the Youth `12 national youth health and wellbeing survey. (Clark, T.C. et al. AHRG, 2016).

Young people and violence: Youth '07. The health and wellbeing of secondary school students in New Zealand. (Fleming, T., et al. AHRG, 2009).

Violence and New Zealand young people: findings of Youth2000 - a national secondary school youth health and wellbeing survey
(Fleming, T., et al. AHRG, 2001).

More Youth2000 project publications

Learn more about the Adolescent Health Research Group.

Longitudinal studies:

These New Zealand longitudinal studies which follow birth cohorts include data on child abuse and intimate partner violence.

Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS)

Selected articles from the CHDS.

Learn more about Christchurch Health and Development Study

Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study (DMHDS)

Selected articles and reports from the DMHDS.

Learn more about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study

Pacific Islands Families Study (PIF Study)

Selected articles from the PIF Study

Additional government agency data

Ministry of Justice

Summary of data tables
Justice statistics data tables: Notes and trends for 2018/19 (PDF, 381 KB)

 For more information, see: 

Ministry of Justice Datalab
Build your own graphs of conviction data.
Access Ministry of Justice research and evaluation publications.

For specific information requests, go to: Request analysis or research

or email: justiceinfo@justice.govt.nz

New Zealand Police       

    • Reported family investigations* nationally and by Police district 
    • Protection Orders breached  
    • Police Safety Orders (PSOs) issued and breached
    •  Reported sexual assaults (pages 26 & 27), in:

             Our data – you asked us (New Zealand Police, 2019)

*See Family harm (page 4) and Caveats: Family harm investigations (page 31).

For more information, see: 

Policedata.nz
Provides access to offender and victim data through a number of interactive reports.  Please read the Clearinghouse news item about data on unique offenders and unique crime victims

For specific information requests, email: data@police.govt.nz 

Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children

Quarterly reports give a snapshot of how Oranga Tamariki is performing in relation to the Outcomes Framework. This regular report will be updated and published on a quarterly basis.

Care and protection and Youth justice statistics are available. 

This data replaces data previously published by Ministry of Social Development  relating to Child Youth and Family. See Key statistics and information for media below.

Safety of children in care - quarterly reports (from July 2018 (Q1)).

Key statistics and information for media (ends 30 June 2017). From this Ministry of Social Development webpage you can download data on: 

  • Notifications (Reports of concern and Police family violence referrals)
  • Investigations and assessments (ROC requiring further action)
  • Findings (substantiated findings of abuse or neglect)
  • Interventions (Family Group Conferences)
  • Kids in care

Ministry of Health

For specific information requests, email: data-enquiries@moh.govt.nz

Statistics New Zealand

Crime and justice statistics
Find information on prosecutions and convictions, types of sentences, and the number of people serving prison or community sentences.

Use the Statistics New Zealand, chat with us now link if you need help accessing this information. 

The Official Information Act 1982 can be used to request specific information. 

About the Official Information Act (Citizens Advice Bureau)
Official information legislation guides (Office of the Ombudsman)

Understanding family violence statistics

At present, New Zealand does not have a data source dedicated to identifying and recording all forms of family violence in our communities. Researchers have conducted a number of population-based and smaller surveys that identify how many people have experienced family violence. However, there are no official family violence statistics collected on a regular basis. As such, policy makers, practitioners and researchers are required to make do with data that is collected for administrative purposes by government and non-government agencies. It is important to remember that:

"... although there are some useful administrative data sets in New Zealand, none could currently be considered a reliable source of data for monitoring trends in family violence in the community over time." (Gulliver & Fanslow, 2013, p.78).

These papers describe the difficulties associated with the collection and collation of family and sexual violence statistics at a national level:

Family violence indicators: can administrative data sets be used to measure trends in family violence in New Zealand? (Gulliver, P., & Fanslow, J.L. Superu, a division of Families Commission, 2013).

Measurement of family violence at a population level: What might be needed to develop reliable and valid family violence indicators? Issues Paper 2. (Gulliver, P., & Fanslow, J.L. New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland, 2012). 

Family violence: statistics report. (Brown, M., Mayhew, P., Paulin, J., & Reilly, J. Families Commission, 2009).

Responding to sexual violence: attrition in the New Zealand criminal justice system. (Triggs, S., Mossman, E., Jordan, J. & Kingi, V. Ministry of Women’s Affairs, 2009).

The scale and nature of family violence in New Zealand: a review and evaluation of knowledge. (Lievore, D., Mayhew, P. & Mossman, E. Victoria University of Wellington, Crime and Justice Research Centre, 2007).

More information

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