These stories are intended to help others who have suffered from family violence and to help New Zealanders understand the impact of family violence on individuals, their families and their communities.
We know that children are damaged by violence in the home – whether they see it, hear it or just know about it. It has been proven that the brain development of preschoolers is profoundly inhibited by exposure to violence in the home.
In New Zealand each year 14 women, 10 children and six men die as a result of family violence. Many thousands more are scarred physically and emotionally.
Family violence thrives in secrecy – so the more we talk about it and understand it, the more likely we are to prevent it.
And these stories give hope that lives can be healed and that the cycle of violence can be broken.