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State of National Emergency

Police service update

At 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020, New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household.

During this time Police will continue to provide essential policing services.

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Help for family violence

A child interviewer talking to a young boy.

Family harm is a high priority for Police and reducing the number and impact of family harm episodes is a key Police strategy.

Police take every opportunity to prevent harm and reduce offending and victimisation. Police is committed to a prompt, effective and nationally consistent approach to family harm episodes in collaboration with other agencies/iwi and with community partners.

Family violence can be physical, sexual or psychological. It is not a private matter, it is a crime. Preventing and effectively responding to family violence is one of the greatest opportunities to improve the wellbeing and safety of our communities, and we all have a role to play.

Remember, in an emergency call 111. Your call could save a life.

Signs that someone is being harmed by a member of their family include:

  • Controlling behaviour
  • Intimidation
  • Threats to kill
  • Strangulation and choking
  • Physical or sexual violence
  • Jealousy or possessiveness
  • Stalking.

Children living in homes where family violence is present may:

  • Be fearful
  • Be silent and withdrawn
  • Be aggressive 
  • Be unusually well-behaved
  • Show signs of violence or bruising
  • Suddenly change behaviour
  • Often be absent from school.

People experiencing family violence may be:

  • Fearful or nervous 
  • Isolated or reclusive
  • Sad or angry
  • Lacking in confidence
  • Keeping secrets
  • Worried about a love one’s reaction

If you suspect someone close to you is a victim of family violence, it’s okay to get involved – you could save a life. You could ask them:

  • Are you OK?
  • Is someone hurting you?
  • Is there anything I can do?

Other tips include:

  • Always call Police if you think someone is in danger
  • Talk about having a safety plan
  • Listen and take what they are saying seriously
  • Don’t tell them what to do – let them make their own decisions, however long it may take
  • Give support, not advice.

Further information and support

If you are a victim of family violence or in a relationship that makes you fearful about your own or anyone else's safety, seek help as soon as possible. You have the right to be safe.