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.
- 2019 NZ Family Violence Study
- New Zealand Violence Against Women Study (2003)
- New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey (NZCVS)
- Youth2000 survey series
- Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS)
- Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study (DMHDS)
- Pacific Islands Families Study (PIF Study)
2019 NZ Family Violence Study
The 2019 NZ Family Violence Study builds on the work of the 2003 Violence Against Women Study and seeks to fill some of the information gaps not covered in the 2003 work. Findings from the 2019 survey provide new population ‘baseline’ statistics on the prevalence of violence exposure. The final sample size for this study was 2887 and consisted of 1423 men and 1464 women who completed interviews between March 2017 and March 2019. Read more about the methodology
Findings published so far are available in these open access articles
Change in prevalence rates of physical and sexual intimate partner violence against women: Data from two cross-sectional studies in New Zealand, 2003 and 2019 (Fanslow, Hashemi, Malihi, Gulliver & McIntosh, 2021)
Change in prevalence of psychological and economic abuse, and controlling behaviours against women by an intimate partner in two cross-sectional studies in New Zealand, 2003 and 2019 (Fanslow, Malihi, Hashemi, Gulliver, & McIntosh, 2021)
A century of sexual abuse victimisation: A birth cohort analysis (Fanslow, Hashemi, Gulliver & McIntosh, 2021)
Lifetime prevalence of intimate partner violence and disability: Results from a population-based study in New Zealand (Fanslow, Malihi, Hashemi, Gulliver & McIntosh, 2021)
Prevalence of nonpartner physical and sexual violence against people with disabilities (Malihi, Fanslow, Hashemi, Gulliver & McIntosh, 2021)
An aricle on adverse childhood experiences in New Zealand and subsequent victimization in adulthood has also been published.
All publications related to this study can be found in the NZFVC library
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.
The New Zealand Crime & Victims Survey (NZCVS) collects information about New Zealanders’ experience of crime. This has run every year since 2018 asking 8,000 New Zealanders from all walks of life about their experiences. The NZCVS has replaced the the previous New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey (NZCASS) series.
Findings from each cycle are published in reports, data tables, infographics and topic reports:
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, 2012 and 2019. Findings on violence are included in these reports.
Youth '12 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).
Learn more about the Adolescent Health Research Group.
These New Zealand longitudinal studies which follow birth cohorts include data on child abuse and intimate partner violence.
Learn more about Christchurch Health and Development Study
Learn more about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study