Kino ā whānau
Family Harm is defined as any act of violence which has been inflicted on one family member by another. Often, we think of Family Harm as physical violence however; there are more ways in which violence can be present in our family/whānau, intimate partner relationships and harm against children. Using emotional abuse, psychological abuse, threats and coercion, using intimidation, isolating behaviours, minimizing, denying and blaming, sexual abuse, economic abuse, and using children are all forms of Family Harm. We know that Family Harm has a huge effect on all members of a whānau.
If you have concerns for yourself, family/whānau, friend or neighbour below are some links to more information which may help you to understand the dynamics of Family Harm and support services who you can call to get some advice and guidance.
If you are worried about your own safety or the safety of others a phone call to refuge can be the first step. If you have immediate concerns about your safety and or others then please call 111.
Resources to help:
Family Harm Support Service
A list of Family Harm Support Services both in Canterbury and nationwide.
Power and Control Wheel
Introduction to domestic abuse.
Is your partner making you feel unsafe?
Signs you could be with someone who could harm you
Signs of Power and Control
A video about to help recognise signs of power and control.
Leaving Violence Behind
Men talk about their experiences of family violence and how they stopped being violent.
Signs of Isolation
Knowing the danger signs.
Personal experiences from women on family violence
Women talking about how their friends and family supported them to heal and what helped.
Women talk about leaving violence behind
Challenges and benefits of leaving the person being violent.
Family Harm Readings
A site with articles on Family Harm.
Recovering from Trauma
A link to site with articles on trauma.
Domestic Violence Leave
Information around the Rights and responsibilities for domestic violence leave and short-term flexible working arrangements.