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Although New Zealand once had a very powerful voice in addressing
child abuse, over the last 20 years or so the focus in reducing acts of
violence has favoured women more and more over other groups. Like the
elderly and the disabled, children's pain is no longer at the forefront
of New Zealand's violence reduction programmes.
Many of the programmes
addressing violence reduction in recent years purport to address abuse
against all people, but in reality focus heavily upon reducing men's
violence towards women, or women as victims. Women make up the majority
of domestic carers however, and are more likely to be the offender
rather than the victim of much of the domestic abuse perpetrated on the
Child abuse isn’t just physical violence. It may be facing constant
criticism, being degraded, or feeling fearful at home. It could be
failing to receive medical care, being left alone unsupervised, or
receiving excessive discipline. It might also be inappropriate touching,
or adults initiating sexual conversations with children. Most child
abuse occurs within the family environment but it can happen anywhere -
at school, in the larger community, or online. The signs of child abuse
are not always obvious, and abuse frequently goes undetected and
Education is key to identifying child abuse. Abuse against children is not diminishing - but the reporting of it is.
If you believe a child is in immediate danger call Police straight away on 111
If you’re worried about a child and want to make a referral or report of concern, call Oranga Tamariki on freephone 0508 326 459.
Lines are open 24/7, or email firstname.lastname@example.org(Note that from 5pm to 8am Monday to Friday, weekends and public holidays,
social workers will usually only assess emergency situations)
Visit Stand Up NZ on Facebook, and help put a stop to child abuse!