What is family violence?

Family violence is violence or abuse of any type, perpetrated by one family member against another. 

Anyone can be affected by family violence, regardless of their age, gender, sexual identity, cultural background, ability, religion, wealth, status or location. 

Family violence includes child abuse, partner abuse and elder abuse. Common forms of violence in families/whānau include:

 • spouse/partner abuse (violence among adult partners);

• child abuse/neglect (abuse/neglect of children by an adult);

• elder abuse/neglect (abuse/neglect of older people aged approximately 65 years and over, by a person with whom they have a relationship of trust).