Sadly woman and children are all too often subjected to physical or psychological abuse. The Police and the Family Court take domestic violence very seriously. The first port of call for a victim of domestic violence is Women’s Refuge www.womensrefuge.org.nz.
The first step in the Family Court process for a domestic violence victim is to urgently obtain a Temporary Protection Order, which the Police immediately serve on the perpetrator and start the process of trying to remedy the situation. Women’s Refuge are able to put victims in touch with a lawyer experienced in these cases.