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Domestic violence impacts on cultures in Aotearoa / New Zealand hurting those close to us especially women and children. To stop domestic violence we need to take action, change our behaviour and look after those most at risk. Domestic violence is unacceptable in any culture and affects our physical, spiritual and emotional well being.
In Aotearoa/New Zealand we have laws protecting people from violence and abuse in relationships with family members and people close to them, as well as strangers. If you are frightened of being hurt by someone close to you, such as a marriage partner, defacto partner, member of your family or someone you share a house with such as flatmates, you can apply for a Protection Order under the Domestic Violence Act.
What is Violence
Domestic violence is not only physical abuse such as hitting, kicking or punching but also sexual abuse such as rape or unwanted sexual contact. Violence can also be psychological or emotional and includes such things as threats, intimidation and harassment.
In Aotearoa/New Zealand violence and abuse are not justified by tradition, culture or religion. Violence and abuse that happens in the home is treated no differently than violence that might happen on the street. It is a legal right as well as a human right for women and for children to be safe from violence and abuse in their homes as well as on the street.
Where Can I Get Help?
There are a number of ways you can get help if you are being subjected to violence and abuse by people close to you.
If you need an interpreter to assist you this can be arranged through your local Family or District Court.