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Violence in families: The context

What's Important To Us

For many children and young people in New Zealand, violence in their families is a common part of their childhood experience. No matter the level or frequency of events, living around violence is likely to have an effect on a child’s psychological and physical wellbeing. Exposure to violence also poses significant threats to a child’s development, the consequences of which can be long lasting. Within the complex dynamic of intra-familial conflict, children and young people need us to pay attention to them. We need to ensure the right supports are in place and that these focus on their strengths, the protective factors around children, increasing safety and enhancing wellbeing.

This key information is part of a series that focuses on what family violence looks like and its impact on children and young people.