We lead and support prevention programmes to make sure young people and the people around them experience safe, healthy and respectful relationships.
Police respond to a family violence incident once every four minutes. Around 80% of incidents are not reported to police.
Sexual violence is a significant problem within New Zealand society. Typically, there is a lengthy time period between experiencing this type of violence and seeking help. Research suggests that in females it is up to 16 years, and in males it is up to 23 years on average.
Those who experience or witness any form of violence as children are more likely to be a victim again or abuse others as adults.
Focus on children
Children feature prominently in violence statistics and often have limited power to do anything. Although they're high risk, there is opportunity to prevent them from ever experiencing violence. By intervening early, positive attitudes and behaviours can be developed and are likely to be carried into adulthood.
Social change isn't going to happen overnight, but it can happen if we work together. Our young people are most at risk from violence and if we intervene now, it can help their family in the future.
Preventing violence needs to happen at a local level. Which is why we are proud to support community groups that are doing all the hard work.
Prevention programmes we support
The Mates & Dates programme
Mates & Dates is a programme for secondary school students. It teaches young people healthy relationship skills and behaviours to help prevent sexual and dating violence. Since the start of the programme in 2014, 84% of students said it has improved their understanding of consent. And 77% said the course helped them understand more about healthy relationships.
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Supporting Pasifika communities
Le Va supports Pasifika families and communities to realise their full potential. It focuses on mental health, addiction, public health, suicide prevention and general wellbeing.
Gandhi Nivas provides men with a supportive environment to 'cool down' in. It helps support men involved in family violence to change their behaviour. It offers free counselling, emergency housing and referral to social services.
Protecting babies from birth
Power to Protect aims to prevent the incidence of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) in New Zealand. Education for parents and caregivers begins in birthing units, as well as in antenatal and post-natal care.
Support for people who've experienced sexual violence
We've created a fully-funded and immediate service for people who've experienced sexual violence. There's also help available for their family and whānau.
Building awareness in the community
We're working in the community to increase knowledge, awareness and skills around sexual violence prevention.
Building awareness of family violence across ACC
We’re building awareness of family violence across ACC. We’re committed to ensuring any employee experiencing or affected by family violence has access to appropriate help and support. We support the 'It’s not OK' campaign by creating workplace champions to raise awareness and support or respond to staff.