Thanks to our generous sponsors

Stopping Violence Dunedin would like to take the time to acknowledge Otago community trust for its ongoing and generous support in helping fund our programmes and other support services, without help from organisations such as this one Stopping Violence Dunedin could not continue supporting the community in the way we do. A big thank you from the team at Stopping Violence Dunedin and everyone we support.

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Safer Sooner: Strengthening family violence laws

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill is being considered by Parliament. Closing date for submissions is the 24 May 2017. You can make your submissions online here.

The Bill amends the Domestic Violence Act 1995 and other legislation including the Crimes Act, to implement proposed reforms that focus on intervening earlier to prevent future violence.

The table below summarises the key changes.

Now Future
The Act does not have enough guidance

The Act will provide better guidance about what family violence is and how to use the Act:

  • Objectives prioritise victim safety and reducing perpetrator violence
  • New principles to guide decisions
  • Clarify what the definition includes
Victims can find protection orders difficult to apply for, due to a complicated process and costs of legal advice

Protection orders will be easier to apply for:

  • Simpler application forms
  • Non-government organisations (NGOs) can apply on behalf of particularly vulnerable victims who are unable to apply themselves
  • Protection orders can be better tailored to vulnerable victims, for example older people and people with disabilities
Opportunities to intervene early and support perpetrators to stop using violence aren’t maximised

More effective at helping perpetrators change their behaviour:

  • Independent risk and needs assessment pathway created for self and Police safety order referrals
  • Under protection orders, courts can direct perpetrators to further programmes and wider range of services
When parents separate, perpetrators may use parenting arrangements as an opportunity to continue to use violence against adult and child victims

Better protect the safety of adult and child victims following separation:

  • Courts must consider extra family violence factors when assessing a child’s safety in Care of Children Act (CoCA) proceedings eg, whether a temporary protection order has been made and any breaches
  • More information sharing between CoCA and criminal cases to identify any history of family violence
Family violence offending isn’t consistently identified or recorded in the criminal justice system

Family violence offences are clearly flagged:

  • Additional information is available to judges and Police
  • Perpetrators who use family violence can be treated differently at bail and sentencing
  • Better information about family violence volumes and trends
Existing offences don’t clearly criminalise all family violence behaviours

Ensuring family violence is effectively prosecuted:

  • New family violence offences of strangulation, coercion to marry, and assault on a family member

More information can found here

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Domestic violence law changes

The family violence amendment bill, was read by the New Zealand Parliament on 15 March 2017 . 

Here is the information about what groups could be affected in the bill and how.

What is the bill about?

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill would implement the Government’s “Safer Sooner reforms” policy announced in September 2016. It proposes a raft of changes to the Domestic Violence Act (and other related Acts), with a focus on:

  • getting help to those in need without them necessarily having to go to court
  • ensuring all family violence is clearly identified and risk information is properly shared
  • putting the safety of victims at the heart of bail decisions
  • creating new offences of strangulation, coercion to marry, and assault on a family member
  • making evidence gathering in family violence cases easier for Police and less traumatic for victims
  • making it easier to apply for a Protection Order
  • making offending while on a Protection Order a specific aggravating factor in sentencing
  • supporting an effective system of information sharing across all those dealing with family violence
  • enabling the setting of codes of practice across the sector

What does the bill do?

The bill proposes extensive changes to the Domestic Violence Act 1995. These include, among other things:

  • renaming the Act to Family and Whānau Violence Act 1995
  • changing references to “domestic violence” to “family violence”
  • extending what constitutes psychological abuse
  • making it easier for children to apply for protection orders
  • making it easier to enforce protection orders overseas and foreign protection orders
  • clarifying definitions of “programmes” and “prescribed services”

The Crimes Act 1961 would also be amended, in order to provide for several new offences:

  • strangulation or suffocation (up to 7 years’ imprisonment)
  • assault on a person in a family relationship (up to 2 years’ imprisonment)
  • coerced marriage or civil union (up to 5 years imprisonment)
  • abduction for purposes of marriage or civil union or sexual connection (up to 14 years imprisonment)

The bill also seeks to amend the Bail Act 2000, Care of Children Act 2004, Criminal Procedure Act 2011, Evidence Act 2006, and Sentencing Act 2002. In total, it would make consequential changes to more than thirty pieces of law.

Who might this bill affect?

  • victims of family violence
  • perpetrators of family violence
  • support services for victims of family violence
  • administrators of non-violence programmes and prescribed services

What happens next?

The bill was introduced on 15 March 2017 and is set down for first reading.

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Womens Lifestyle Expo

We were delighted to be part of the Womens Lifesyle Expo in Dunedin at the Edgar centre. A big thanks to BUPA fot their kind generosity for sponsoring us to be part of this event.

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Update on New Zealand domestic violence laws

New Zealands domestic violence laws are going to get updated by the Minister for Justice Amy Adams and the national government. They are looking at issues such as better information sharing between agencies like Stopping Violence Dunedin and stricter regulations for perpetrators. The aim of the reform is to better protect victims of domestic violence.

We will be interested as an agency to see how this will affect us and how it will affect our service delivery to our clients and the wider community. 

We look forward to seeing how this process goes. Newstalkzb Link

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MP Michael Woodhouse visits Stopping Violence Dunedin to talk about how we can work better with the government

 Michael Woodhouse visited Stopping Violence Dunedin to discuss how the government and our agency can collaborate more effectively around the issues of violence within the Dunedin community. 

There was a very informative discussion on what needs to be done and what is happening in the sector. 

He will be coming back again meet with the clients to discuss how we as a country can help assist the clients better on their path to recovery. 

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Stopping Violence Dunedin wins award.

Stopping Violence Dunedin won the City of Literature award for Stories to Heal Violence on Sunday the 19th of March. We are absolutely delighted and we would like to thank that public for their support for us in our invovment in the Fringe Festival. It's been amazing!

Thanks again for your support and thanks to our sponsors for making the show possible. We really appreciate it. 

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Stories to Heal Violence Fringe festival

Thank you so much to all the members of the public who supported our shows as part of the Fringe Festival Dunedin 2017. This is not the end of Stories to Heal Violence but only the beginning of an amazing opportunity which lies before us.

We would like to thank and congratulate the cast and crew on an amazing show.

We would also like to thank all our major sponsors and Josh Thomas Dunedin Fringe Director for their amazing support over the last few months.


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Stories to Heal Violence

For the first time ever in Stopping Violence's 31-year history, we will be a part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival for 2017. We are putting on a verbatim play called Stories to Heal Violence, which will be held at the Athenaeum, located at 24 the Octagon, on the 16th, 17th & 18th of March. Doors open at 7pm and the performance lasts from 7.30pm - 8.30pm.

This production looks at Dunedin's high rate of family violence and highlights the changes that clients of Stopping Violence Dunedin have experienced, in an honest and artistically creative portrayal. This plants the seed that as a community we can support each other in creating change. The project will honour the stories told by real people, and their bravery in wanting not only to change, but to make a difference for their children, families and the wider community.

Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for concession. R16 Entry.

Book Tickets Now

For more information contact Tarn on 021-245-7037.

Fringe Festival Poster - Stories to Heal Violence

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Jigsaw Conference on Family Violence, Queenstown

Stopping Violence Dunedin are proud to support the Jigsaw Conference, occuring in Queenstown from the 20th - 22nd of April 2017.

Speakers include;

  • Greg Nicoluau - CEO of Australian childhood Trauma Group,
  • Rachel Smith - Specialist for Family Violence Death Review Commitee,
  • Nicola Atwool - Associate professor to the dept. of Social Work, Sociology and Gender Studies,
  • Ken Clearwater - Manager of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust Christchurch,  
  • Poto Williams - Labour Party MP for Christchurch East (since 2013) - Labour Spokesperson for Disability, family violence and child welfare, 
  • Louise Nicholas - National Sexual Abuse Survivor Advocate, She has recieved the Womens acheivement award from Zonta Int. She was also made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015, also mentioned in the Queens Birthday Honours list 2015. Received the NZ Herald of the year award 2007. 

For more information on this conference, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or contact Niki Hawke on 027 203 4547 or 0508 440 255

The conference cost $250 for the full 3 days. 

You can register online by going to

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Government enquiry petition into State care abuse

The Human Rights Commission has just create a petition to the government asking for an enquiry into the abuse suffered by people under the care of the State.

Please sign this vital petition: HERE

This is the Human Rights commission has said. 

We, the undersigned, call on the New Zealand Government to

  • Initiate an independent inquiry into the abuse of people held in State care in order to identify the systemic issues that permitted this to occur and the broader impact of these events on our communities;
  • Publicly apologise to those who were affected, including those who were abused, their families and whanau.
  • take other appropriate steps to acknowledge the harm that has been caused to the victims and to provide them with appropriate redress and rehabilitation; and
  • Take action to ensure this never happens again. 

We know from their stories that many New Zealanders who were placed in government institutions suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse inflicted by staff, social workers, caregivers, teachers, clergy, cooks, gardeners, night watchmen and even other children and patients. We suspect that institutional abuse has had a disproportionately negative impact on Māori and disabled people, including those with intellectual/learning disabilities. We are yet to establish this with certainty because of the difficulty obtaining relevant data and information.

It is important to determine the full extent and nature of the abuse that occurred. We must understand what took place and learn how and why vulnerable children, teenagers and adults could be abused within the system that was supposed to care for them. Until we know the full story and until we have the answers to these questions, we are not in a position to learn from what happened and to prevent it from happening again.

Although steps have been taken to provide resolution for some individuals through existing claims processes, these processes do not address the underlying systemic questions and do not help us ensure that events like this are prevented from occurring again in future. The intention is not to relitigate the past or to usurp existing settlements – it is to find the truth and make changes for the benefit of the next generation.

Some New Zealanders who have survived abuse while in State care have told us they want an apology, accountability and, most of all, they want decision makers to learn from the past and to ensure that future generations do not suffer as they did.

What needs to happen?

We want the Government to ensure that:

  • The voices of those abused while in State care are heard, and the ongoing impact the events have had on their lives is understood and acknowledged
  • There is official acknowledgement of the abuse that occurred
  • A general public apology is provided to all those affected, including an apology for any systemic failings of past governments
  • The experiences of those who have been affected are recognised and validated
  • The full impact on disabled people, including those with intellectual and learning disabilities, is identified and recognised  
  • The impact on Māori, of both prevalence of placement in State care and incidence of abuse is adequately assessed and considered
  • Effective and adequate support is provided for those who have been affected
  • Lessons are learned from the past and action is taken, to prevent future abuse so that this never happens again.

What should be considered? 

There are many ways to ensure that the above outcomes are realised. One of these is through an independent inquiry which should consider the following matters:

  1. The treatment of children, young people and vulnerable adults in State care in psychiatric and psychopaedic hospitals and wards, health camps, child welfare care, youth justice facilities and special education homes
  2. The extent of physical, sexual, psychological abuse and of neglect experienced while in State care
  3. The impact on individuals and groups of the processes that placed people in State care, including those in foster care and other environments outside State run facilities
  4. The adequacy of laws, policies and practices of the day in protecting those placed in State care from abuse and any systemic issues arising from this consideration
  5. Whether, at a systemic level, complaints of abuse have been sufficiently and appropriately dealt with by other official responses, investigations or criminal or civil proceedings.

Action sought

We, the undersigned, call on the Government to initiate a robust and independent inquiry into the above matters and to take other appropriate steps to ensure that the victims of abuse receive a comprehensive public apology and appropriate redress for what took place. We seek urgent engagement with the Government to discuss the process and methodology in more detail. It is important for all New Zealanders to understand the full extent of what took place and to work together to prevent future abuse of people while in the care of the State. Action is required now.


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Agency contact list update

We have updated our agencies group contact list. Please see below. 

Agency and Organisations

Governmental Agencies

Agency Contact Details 


        Dunedin Family Court

(03) 470 1574


        Dunedin Police Family Violence         Coordinator

(03) 471 4800


         Southern District Health Board VIP

(03) 474 0999


Partner Violence, Elder Abuse and Neglect Intervention Coordinator

(03) 474 0999 x 8323

   or 027 5033 222


Nurse Coordinator, Child Protection Service

(03) 470 9564

   or 027 2013409


Child Protection Nurse

(03) 470 9564

   or 027 2013409


        Child Youth & Family

If you think a child is in immediate danger – phone the Police on 111.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, or are worried about a child or young person, you can call our freephone number 24 hours a day, any day of the year, and talk to one of our social workers. They will determine the urgency of the concern, whether we need to do anything further, or if the child or young person's needs could be better met by another agency.




         0508 326 459




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        Community Alcohol & Drug Service

(03) 476 9798


        Work and Income’s Family Violence         Intervention         Programme

0800 456 450


        Family Services Directory

    A directory of service providers that can help you and your family


         PSA Union

    can assist you in finding agencies like us to help with family violence issues. 

         0508 367 772      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       


    They have a number of resources that will help you deal with domestic violence. 

    This campaign is funded by the Ministry of Social development

        0800 456 450


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        Neighbourhood Support Duendin      022 354 5902 - Lois   

        Community law

    For advice regarding New Zealand Law

    (03) 474 1922

    0800 169 333


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        Anglican Family Care         (03) 477 0801      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For advice about parenting and children.

        (04) 471 0177     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

        Human Rights Commission NZ

    resources on violence that could be help


    0800 946 877


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        Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

     (03) 377 6747


    021 19 8787

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        Womens Refuge

     0800 733 843


    (03) 477 1229

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Latest news about the ItsNotOK campaign

ItsNotOK have just launched a new resource telling people of the danger signs of being in a violent relationship. 

The Danger Signs

Signs that someone is in danger of being killed by their partner are often missed by friends, family and others until it is too late.

  • Controlling behaviour
  • Intimidation
  • Threats to kill
  • Strangulation and 'choking'
  • Worsening violence – more severe, more frequent
  • Intense jealousy or possessiveness
  • Stalking

For more information see their website here:

Information taken from ItsNotOK

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1st update for 2017

Happy New Year to you all. We're back open today. Lots of exciting things coming up this year, so keep your eye on our webiste for updates.  So if you have an appointment or you need to call us, please feel free.  Once again, Happy New Year from the Stopping Violence Dunedin team. We look forward to working with you all this year. 

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Update - 1 in 3 be Free app

The Innercity Women Group have recetnly launched the 1 in 3 be Free app. The initial assessment tool is a quiz type tool, that has 23 questions that you can answer Yes or No. depending on your answers it will give you an overview on how your relationship appears through the Duluth Power and Control wheels. 

It gives you a list of local and national website links and numbers for you to get help.

This is a great app that will help many people seek help.

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Member of Parliament Jan Logie supports law changes for domestic violence.

A member of parliament Jan Logie proposes a law change to domestic violence, allowing  employee to be able to have 10 days paid leave while dealing with domestic violence situtations. 

“The 10 days of paid leave in any calendar year could be used for medical appointments, legal proceedings and other activities related to family violence. Already provision for paid leave exists in some collective agreements, but for working people without access to collective organisation in union, there needs to be a minimum legal right also.”

These changes cant come soon enough and we support this proposed bill. 

See the link below to the article.

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#GivingTuesday Campaign

Please support us on #GivingTuesday to keep our vital work going, so that we are able to support those families that have been effected by violence. 

Click here to donate: 

Thanks for your continued support,

On behalf of the team at Stopping Violence Duendin. 

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White Ribbon Day Event Dunedin

HI all, 

Tomorrow the 25th of November from 12-2pm we will be hosting a White Ribbon Day event along with our partner agency Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence. On Lorne Street in South Dunedin. Between King Edaward and Rankielor Street.  

There will be live music from:

Moana House Band

The Highlites (Bathgate School Band)

Dugald MacKay

plus others

There will be facepainting, sausage sizzle and other activities for kids and families of all ages. 

We look forward to seeing you all there. 

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Car wash Fundraiser update

Check out our new poster for our car wash fundraiser, look out for this over the next few weeks around town. #fundraiser #upandcomingevents #svd #socialenterprise #stoppingviolencedunedin #events

For more information contact Tarn on 021 0245 7037


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Prime Minister John key announces changes to family violence laws.

PM announces overhaul of family violence laws Prime Minister John Key has today announced an overhaul of New Zealand’s family violence laws which will see more support for victims and new offences introduced. “The Government is committed to doing all we can to ensure New Zealanders are protected from family violence,” says Mr Key. “New Zealand’s rate of family violence is unacceptable. Police currently respond to 110,000 family violence call-outs a year. Children are present at nearly two-thirds of these incidents. “There are too many Kiwi households stuck in a life of fear and despair. They need help to stop the violence and repression so they can lead healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives.” Mr Key said today’s announcement comes after a two year review of family violence laws by Justice Minister Amy Adams. It will see more than 50 changes to the current Domestic Violence Act. “The new measures announced today are focused on faster and more effective intervention. We have to get better at identifying dangerous behaviour that can escalate into more serious violence much earlier.” Some of the new measures include: Making the safety of victims a principal consideration in all bail decisions, and central to parenting and property orders. Flagging all family violence offending on criminal records to ensure Courts and Police know when they are dealing with people with histories of family violence. Creating new offences of non-fatal strangulation and assault on a family member, with tougher sentences than common assault. Coercion to marry will also be criminalised. Enforcing tougher penalties for people who commit crimes while subject to a Protection Order. The new measures will cost around $130 million over four years. “One of the things that I’m proud of about this Government is that we do not and we will not shy away from tackling complex problems, especially on behalf of those who most need help,” says Mr Key. “The challenge of reducing family violence lies with all of us, with the Government, the Police, social agencies, and with everyone who knows that violence is occurring. “None of us should be deterred by the difficulty of the problem. Rather we should be motivated by the difference we can make. Succeeding in reducing family violence will save lives, and transform lives.”

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Mens Hui in Gore

Our DCAFV co-ordinator Rob Thomson is holding a Hui in Gore from the 16/9 to the 18/9. 
To be part of this great opportunity.
Contact Rob for more information on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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