Regional Family Violence Networks  are made up of a range of government and community agencies who work in family violence. The Networks support the delivery of community-based family violence prevention initiatives, recognising that halting family violence requires effective collaboration and strengthening communities' capacity to work together. 

Here is a list of networks and contact details

There are around 45 family violence networks in NZ - large and small. Some are brand new, some have been going for 25 years or longer.

Information about the networks is available here on the NZFVC website:

Here’s a paper developed by the NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse that looks at current issues and best practice in family violence networks in NZ and gives recommendations


It's not OK campaign

The It's not OK campaign aims to positively change the way NZers think and act in relation to family violence . They have a mass media campaign and community action activities of groups around the country, including family violence networks,  who want to do something about preventing family violence.  The campaign team works with sports teams, councils, businesses, community groups, government agencies, universities, faith communities etc.  They can provide:

help with planning family violence prevention activities in your community

free media support and training for community spokespeople

community champions ( e.g. Vic Tamati) to speak at public events, or at community workshops

latest information about creating social change towards communities free of family violence

comms, media and design advice

free resources (booklets, posters, DVDs, books of stories from survivors, research reports etc)

workshops on community change, and good practice in family violence networks  

small amounts of funding for some community projects  (get in touch with us about your ideas). 

If you want to keep up with the latest info about what other networks and groups  are doing, and media coverage/ research on family violence, join on Facebook  and on Twitter @ItsnotOK_NZ



White Ribbon

The White Ribbon campaign in New Zealand aims to eliminate men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to take ownership of this important issue and model good behaviour that can change attitudes and behaviour. In 2015 our focus will be on sexual violence and the issue of consent. The campaign has activities throughout the calendar year with an increased focus in November. White Ribbon is driven by a campaign team and community groups in towns and cities throughout New Zealand, while events and activities are increasingly supported by businesses, cultural groups, sporting teams, local government and a wide range of community and government agencies. See the website for resources, key messages and activities around NZ.


E Tu Whānau

E Tū Whānau is a movement for positive change developed by Māori for Māori. It’s about communities taking responsibility and action and supporting whānau to thrive. E Tu Whānau nurtures and celebrates:

Te Ao Māori taking responsibility and action to create positive change

doing things that make whānau strong − te mana kaha o te whānau!

tikanga and traditional values - drawing on rich and powerful traditions

kahukura − the people that inspire change in whānau and communities.

Work under E Tu Whanau includes:

Programme of Action – a five-year Programme of Action that provides a framework for change. Anyone can take the messages and the values and do what they need to do to make it work for them and their whānau.

Charter of Commitment - People sign this Charter to show their rejection of all violence towards whānau. It acknowledges that violence in Te Ao Māori is not traditional and commits people to taking a stand against all forms of violence within whānau and communities.


Pasefika Proud

Work under Pasefika Proud includes:

The Pasefika Proud Campaign aims to change mindsets, attitudes and behaviours towards violence in Pacific families and communities.


Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu Research Plan


Programme of Action 2014-2017 that addresses key issues and priorities for the next three years in relation to family/domestic violence in Pasefika families living in New Zealand.


The Pacific Family Violence Training Programme (PFVTP) to build the capacity of Pacific family violence practitioners and service providers to provide culturally appropriate interventions to victims, perpetrators and their families.


Pacific Conceptual Frameworks (Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu) - cultural frameworks from eight Pacific nations will help inform the development of a training programme to assist practitioners and service providers working with people affected by family violence



SKIP develops the capability of communities to support parents to build positive relationships with their children. SKIP funds community groups to support parents. Some projects have built over the years into city-wide projects. Others have been very small but have made a big impact on parents. Many groups support SKIP without funding. They distribute the free resources, talk and listen to parents, promote positive parenting in their own ways.


Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in Australia

Our Watch has been established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children. See the website for research, resources and campaigns.


The Line is a National Australian campaign for young people focussed on healthy safe relationships and prevention of dating violence.


For information about current government work on policy and legislation and cabinet papers see:

Planning and evaluating your community projects

 A toolkit that has case studies of community action to prevent family violence, as well as tools for organising your own activities 

What works website helps people gather robust data and information to tell a real story about what they are doing and the difference it makes.

The Social Change Toolkit has been created to help you pull your ideas together in one place, and give you tips and guidance to help realise your community project.

Vic Health which is an Australian website for evaluation tools for primary prevention of violence

Community readiness model 

This is a way to assess how ready a community is to address an issue such as family violence. The basic premise is that matching an intervention to a community’s level of readiness is absolutely essential for success. Efforts that are too ambitious are likely to fail because community members will not be ready or able to respond. To maximize chances for success, the Community Readiness Model offers tools to measure readiness and to develop stage-appropriate strategies. Communities have found it helpful because:

It is an inexpensive and easy-to-use tool.

It encourages the use of local experts and resources.

It provides both a vocabulary for communicating about readiness and a metric for gauging progress.

It helps create community-specific and culturally-specific interventions.

It can identify types of prevention/ intervention efforts that are appropriate.

Some networks are trailing this model at the moment and will report back on how it goes.

Government Information


The Ministry of Justice Family page has links to useful information about domestic violence including protection orders, separation and divorce and the Family Court.




Ministry of Health, includes information on the VIP Programme, Family Violence Guidelines and resources for health professionals:


ACC ‘Find Support’ for victims of sexual abuse and assault:



Campaigns/Prevention orgs:

It’s Not Ok:


E Tu Whanau:


Healthy Families New Zealand:


Centres for Disease Prevention Veto Violence Programme:


White Ribbon Trust:


Allright: A good example of a primary prevention campaign run in post-earthquakes Canterbury.


NZCCSS Policy watch is really helpful for perspectives on broader social issues…


Sexual Violence:


Dear Em: Website aimed at supporting and empowering young women:




Mana Ririki – A kaupapa Maori organisation dedicated to raising children in violence free whanau


Child Matters - Child Matters works throughout New Zealand, educating, supporting and inspiring adults to protect children.

Community members stepping up

Toolkit from It’s not OK about local Champions projects – which are about ordinary people in the community using their influence and networks to help others understand what violence is, how and where to get help and that we are all better off without violence in our families and communities.

E Tu Whānau community action values and ideas


Rainbow Communities

You, Me, Us is all about us, as queer, trans* and takatāpui people, having healthy relationships with each other, and what we can do when things go wrong - leaflets, posters, information on services

Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence is dedicated to building Rainbow communities in Aotearoa New Zealand free of partner and sexual violence and aims to cultivate peace-based, loving and equitable relationships in the Rainbow community

A resource for LGBTI about healthy relationships and where to go for support


Disabled Communities

Leaflet on disabled people and domestic violence


Sports clubs

Toolkit for working with sports clubs to prevent family violence and build safe relationships and whānau


Workplaces and businesses

Resources for workmates to help others or get involved in violence prevention in the workplace

Toolkit for businesses


Faith communities




Toolkit for working with local government



The "Speak up" Media Manual from It’s not OK campaign team to support communities to use the news pages and bulletins of their local media to raise awareness about family violence.

NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse - All the family violence and sexual violence statistics, research, news and events in one place- register for their newsletter

Anrows - Australian website of research and news on family violence and violence against women - register for their newsletter