New Zealand’s largest network of specialist family violence workers is changing its name to better reflect the expanded work its members do.

The National Network of Family Violence Services (formerly National Network Stopping Violence Services) is a rapidly-growing member agency network representing specialists who work with families, children, perpetrators and victims affected by violence in Aotearoa.

‘Our new name more accurately reflects the breadth of the work that our members do in the family violence sector,’ Kaiarahi (manager) Merran Lawler says.

There are 32 member agencies in the network, with many more pending to access the national platform.

‘It’s a rapidly growing sector as we work towards ending family violence in Aotearoa.

‘The new name is also simpler to remember and will make it easier for people affected by family violence to access services through our agencies, which are all over the country.’

History of the network

Our story began in the 1980s when the men for non-violence movement began in New Zealand, and community and voluntary organisations started developing anger management programmes.

Over the past three decades, we’ve evolved to be a co-gendered, bicultural organisation with a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles. Our Maori name is Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga.

Referral service for media

Please use our new name – The National Network of Family Violence Services – when referring audiences to helplines/information/resources.

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If you or someone you know is affected by family violence, get help from your local family violence specialist:

National Network of Family Violence Services nnfvs.org.nz