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Visit the National Strategy page to read more about Te Aorerekura: National Strategy and Action Plan to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence.
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The role of the Joint Venture and Interim Te Rōpū was to work in partnership to create a national strategy to end violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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The Government wants to make sure family violence victims are kept safe and people who use family violence are held to account.
To do this, Parliament passed two major pieces of new legislation: the Family Violence Act 2018 and the Family Violence (Amendments) Act 2018. The Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has passed its Second Reading.
The Family Violence Act 2018(external link) took effect on 1 July 2019, and replaced the Domestic Violence Act 1995.
This Act gives decision-makers working in the family violence system better guidance about the nature and impact of family violence. This is so they can better respond to people impacted by violence and people who use violence. It also:
The Family Violence (Amendments) Act 2018(external link) makes changes to the Bail Act 2000, Crimes Act 1961, Sentencing Act 2002, Evidence Act 2006, Criminal Procedure Act 2011 and Care of Children Act 2004.
The changes aim to improve responses to family violence in criminal and civil law, including:
This Bill amends the Evidence Act 2006, Victims’ Rights Act 2002, and Criminal Procedure Act 2011 to reduce re-traumatisation that victims of sexual violence may experience when they attend court and give evidence.
Justice Minister is taking this Bill through Parliament. The Bill passed its Second Reading(external link) on 25 February 2021.
View a one-page summary for Budget 2021: Prevention and Leadership below.
The Government is committed to reducing, and ultimately eliminating, family violence and sexual violence. Budget 2021 provides the next steps to transform the system to achieve that.
Budget 2021 allows $131.9 million for family violence and sexual violence funding initiatives to help communities prevent family violence and sexual violence from happening and help those using violence to stop.
Budget 2018 funded the establishment of the Joint Venture. Following that, most of the funding in 2019 and 2020 has been to stabilise specialist services.
Budget 2019 focused on sexual violence service providers. Find out more about the Wellbeing Budget 2019: Family Violence and Sexual Violence Package.
Budget 2020 focused on family violence service providers. It also invested in services focused on children affected by violence (and their families), reflecting cross-agency advice and initiatives developed by the Joint Venture. This included a joint initiative by Police and Oranga Tamariki, funded from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.