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Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme

Family violence and sexual violence is unacceptable. However, New Zealand has amongst the highest reported rates of family violence and sexual violence in the developed world.

To address this, a cross-government work programme is putting in place a wide range of initiatives to stop violence from occurring, reduce the harm it causes, and break the cycle of re-victimisation and re-offending. The work programme is also focused on improving and co-ordinating existing services.

This will help ensure victims and families get help tailored to their needs, and perpetrators are held to account and supported to change their behaviour.

The Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence, co-chaired by the Ministers of Justice and Social Development, is providing leadership and oversight of the work programme.