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Your rights

Everyone has the right to feel safe in their relationships.

Violent people need to take responsibility for their actions and learn different ways to act. If your partner is abusive, it is not your fault. Most people who are being hurt want the violence to stop, but don’t know what to do.

The law provides protection through legal orders (eg protection orders). Because family violence is illegal, there are several orders you can apply for to protect you and your children.

You can apply for a protection, tenancy, occupation or furniture order — even for pets — and you should discuss what these different orders offer you with an advocate, a lawyer or the police.

Protection orders also allow you, your children and the violent person to access free education and support programmes for women, children and men. This can be a chance to talk with other people who will understand what has happened and will help you to stay safe in the future.

You are not alone. Help and support is available. Kia kaha. Korero mai.
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