BLACK RIBBON | Domestic Violence Statistics

Statistics in New Zealand

We have gathered these statistics on a variety of subjects, and may add more or update them as they change and as new information comes to light.

We do not make claims about statistics that estimate how much violence is not reported, simply because there is no data to validate what is not reported.

The statistic that NZ Police recorded a family violence investigation on average every five and a half minutes in 2014 (101,981 family violence investigations) is based on a data table of recorded crime and apprehensions from Statistics New Zealand. No information is provided to advise how it was based on that data, and therefore it should not be deemed to be reliable.

Recommended reading: The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project (PASK) is the world's largest domestic violence research data base, made up of 2,657 pages, with summaries of 1,700 peer-reviewed studies. In this unprecedented undertaking, a total of 42 scholars and 70 research assistants at 20 universities and research institutions spent two years or more researching their topics and writing the results. Approximately 12,000 studies were considered and more than 1,700 were summarized and organized into tables. The 17 manuscripts, which provide a review of findings on each of the topics, for a total of 2,657 pages, appear in 5 consecutive special issues of Partner Abuse published between April 2012 and April 2013. All conclusions, including the extent to which the research evidence supports or undermines current theories, are based strictly on the data collected. A 12-page summary of findings is available.

Before you go on to read the statistics we present below, we suggest that you read 'Misleading Statistics' to get an understanding of why our numbers may be different to the numbers you read elsewhere.

If you would like to contribute to this list of statistics, please provide your draft outline and related evidence documents to us by email. 

Elder Abuse (Age Concern): Note: these figures are only those reported to Age Concern. Many more are likely to be reported to other agencies, DHB's, Police etc.
Child Abuse: Taken from 3 June 2015 New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse Data Summary: Children and Youth affected by Family Violence 
International Prevalence Research:

Sexual Abuse: Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study: In New Zealand, the twenty-one year study, published in 1999, reported that of their sample of 1,037 people: Also in New Zealand, a 2009 report by the Journal of Applied Social Psychology evaluated samples of university students (35 female, 27 male), general population (34 female, 27 male), and incarcerated participants (15 female, 24 male), and found that: * For more information on the term 'Prevalence', please visit
Gender Based Information 

NZ Crime and Safety Survey 2014 (2015), New Zealand Police: Recorded Crime Victims Statistics (NZ Police) - Victimisations Data Set:, outcome of investigation at 7 days Family Violence Death Review Committee Fourth Annual Report (2014): Note: The FVDR Committee Fourth Annual Report reviews deaths between 2009-2012. In this review Family Violence ('FV') is defined as ‘The unnatural death of a person (adult or child) where the suspected offender is a family or extended family member, caregiver, intimate partner, previous partner of the victim or previous partner of the victim’s current partner. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Intrafamilial Violence (IFV)