The purpose of this document is to provide an appropriate Standard, which establishes the minimum requirements that should be met by individuals and agencies/services involved in working with families living with family violence, child abuse or neglect. It provides a common language for these agencies/services to screen for this behaviour, assess risk relating to these situations, and provide for safety planning interventions.
A family is a place where everyone should be safe, yet violence, abuse and neglect within the family are major problems in New Zealand. In 2005, New Zealand Police recorded over 60,000 offences and non-offence incidents involving family violence, at which over 62,000 children and young people under 17 were present or involved in some capacity.
In the face of this challenge, it is vital to support and co-ordinate the efforts of those agencies and services working to help people affected by family violence, abuse and neglect within the family. This Standard aims to provide a consistent set of guidelines for those at the forefront of dealing with the results of family violence, abuse and neglect including teachers, police, medical personnel, midwives, nurses, social workers and others. It is hoped that this will help to enable a coherent response to incidents and symptoms of family violence, abuse and neglect.