Family Violence Intervention

Te Whatu Ora Whanganui's Family Violence Intervention team aims to prevent intentional injuries to children and adults in the Whanganui district by:

  • improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of children/tamariki and their parents/whanau
  • raising community awareness about family violence and supporting the ‘Violence is not OK!’ campaign and messages
  • supporting strategic alliances formed with other agencies, to support the Whanganui Violence Intervention Network
  • collaborating with others to prevent elder abuse and neglect
  • increasing awareness in the community about positive parenting and alternatives to violence.
  • working alongside the Te Whatu Ora Whanganui Violence Intervention programme.


At Public Health, we are able to provide advice to colleagues and community organisations, schools, early childhood education centres, and any other groups needing information about Positive parenting, identification of family violence issues and what they can do about this.

Domestic violence is not only a ‘fist in the face’ or ‘a kick to the head’. The law says that violence can be physical, sexual or psychological.

Physical abuse
Nobody - including a husband, wife, partner, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandson, grand-daughter or an adult who looks after children - has the right to hit, punch, kick or in any way assault another person.

Sexual abuse
Nobody is allowed to have any sexual contact with another person without permission.

Psychological abuse
This includes intimidation, threats and mind games. Children who see or hear family violence suffer psychological and developmental harm.

We are all affected directly or indirectly. Family violence is everyone’s business.

Local and National Campaigns

White Ribbon Day Expo in Majestic Square, Whanganui - Men Against Family Violence march
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
International Day of the Older Person

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