Government launches significant initiative towards Violence Prevention & Elimination

Minister for Family and Sexual Violence, Marama Davidson has launched a national engagement process to prevent and eliminate family and sexual violence.

The engagement process is to help with the creation of a National Strategy and Action Plan, which is intended to open up a safe and trusted space for all voices of the community, particularly those with lived experiences, to be heard.

“There is no room for violence in our lives,” said Minister Davidson.

“We know that violence can happen across all communities – no community is excepted. It’s a priority for me to increase work that will make the most difference. This means bolstering prevention activities to stop violence happening in the first place, as well as wrap around services for those using violence, to stop.”

The engagement will officially begin on Wednesday 12 May and will run until the end of June.

At the same time, an online survey will go live on a safe and confidential online platform hosted by the Ministry of Justice. Citizen Space will offer citizens the opportunity to have a say on what needs to be done to achieve the elimination of family violence and sexual violence. Submissions can also be sent by individuals or groups, by mail or email.


All online and email channels will be safe, secure and confidential.

Independent expert advisors have been engaged by the government to oversee the handling of the insight evidence to ensure it is confidential and retains its integrity.

The Government’s integrated approach to addressing violence involves 10 agencies that have come together in a Joint Venture.

The Joint Venture will work to eliminate family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa New Zealand in partnership with tangata whenua and working with the family violence and sexual violence sectors, including Pacific.

Submissions can also be sent by individuals or groups by mail or email. Your submission can be written, an emailed voice recording or video statement.

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Pasefika Proud Pathways for Change 2019 - 2023 

Pasefika Proud is a social change movement – ‘by Pacific for Pacific’ – to boost wellbeing for Pacific families and transform attitudes, behaviours and norms that enable violence. Our name and strapline embody our strengths-based, community-led approach.

Pasefika Proud Vision: Pacific families and communities are safe, resilient and enjoy wellbeing through social connections, healthy and happy lifestyles, cultural identity, personal security and safety, spirituality.

Pasefika Proud change strategies: mobilising pacific communities + capability development + strategic priorities.

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