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Family violence and sexual violence initiatives

Family violence and sexual violence is unacceptable. However, New Zealand has amongst the highest reported rates of family violence and sexual violence in the developed world.

To address this, the Government established the Joint Venture for Family Violence and Sexual Violence (Joint Venture).

MSD is a key and committed member of this Joint Venture and our family violence and sexual violence activities feed into the cross-agency work programme to put in place a wide range of initiatives to stop violence from occurring, reduce the harm it causes, and break the cycle of re-victimisation and re-offending. This work is also focused on improving and co-ordinating existing services.

This will help ensure victims/survivors and families and whānau get help tailored to their needs, and perpetrators are held to account and supported to change their behaviour.