We’re part of the New Zealand Government’s commitment to reducing family violence – our Family Harm approach aims to drive down the significant harm experienced by families in New Zealand.
For Police, Family Harm encapsulates a broader, more holistic view of the issues occurring within a family. When Police attend a Family Harm Investigation they do so with “eyes wide open”, which means working to understand the wider dynamics of family harm, the patterns of harm and the adverse circumstances in which they occur. It helps Police make the best decisions when responding to family harm and ensures we get the best outcomes possible for the people involved.
As we partner with other agencies to provide families the help they need, we have developed and adapted a number of resources to share with government agencies; NGOs and any group or individual with an interest in addressing family harm. These resources are outlined below.
Police approach to Family Harm Infographic poster
An overview of the Police approach to Family Harm.
Eyes Wide Open poster
The Police approach to Family Harm involves officers going to a 5F Family Harm Investigation with their “eyes wide open”, looking at whether offences have occurred and the wider context of harm.
- Download the 'Eyes Wide Open' poster (PDF 210KB)
Eyes Wide Open video
A video showing the “Eyes Wide Open” approach adopted by Police Officers as part of the new approach to Family Harm.
Family Harm New Risk Measures handout
Two new components of the new family Harm risk measures including the Static Assessment of Family Violence Recidivism (SAFVR) and the Dynamic Assessment.
Power and Control Wheel poster
The elements of Power and Control in Family Harm - as defined by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) in The Duluth Model.
- Download the 'Power and Control Wheel' poster (PDF 256KB)
Entrapment and Resistance Video
A video showing the entrapment and resistance factors that occur in family harm (using the analogy of a fly trapped in a spider’s web).
Victim and Agency Responsibility poster
The higher the level of concern for safety, the more action Police and partner agencies need to take for the victim and tamariki.
Far reaching effects of IPV and CAN handout
A handout showing the far-reaching effects of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN)
Episodes not Incidents scenarios handout
An exercise with scenarios to illustrate that Family Harm is episodic; not a series of isolated incidents.
How colonisation impacted on Māori.
How urbanisation impacted on Māori.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs handout
A pictorial explanation of what humans need to be the best they can be.
Tikanga Values poster
As described by E Tū Whānau.
- Download the 'Tikanga Values' poster (PDF 293KB)
Māori and Family Harm presentation
A PowerPoint presentation demonstrating the legislative impact of colonisation on Māori and urbanisation of Māori in New Zealand.
- Download the 'Māori and Family Harm' presentation (PPTX 1.91MB)
Whānau Violence is not Traditional for Māori
A short video clip illustrating traditional whānau values.
Cumulative Harm video
A video showing that the effects on children from exposure to violence are cumulative and, for some, can start in-utero.
Our Tamariki – Let’s change our normal video
A video highlighting the statistics and impacts of family violence; sexual violence and child abuse on our tamaraki.
[Please Note: The child actors in this video are children of Police staff who agreed to help and participate. Their permission and/or that of their parents has been obtained to share this video].