Family violence

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Key points to remember

  • many families in New Zealand are affected by family violence
  • family violence is violence between people with a close personal relationship
  • family violence can take many forms; for example, if you feel afraid of your partner, controlled or always put down, this is a form of family violence
  • psychological abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse
  • children who hear or see family violence can suffer long-term psychological harm
  • a Protection Order can be issued by the Family Court to protect you and your children from further domestic violence
  • if you or your children are affected by family violence, call the Family Violence Information Line on 0800 456 450 to find out about the organisations in your area who can help
This page last reviewed 17 October 2014
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