Using violence

People who have stopped using violence say the hardest part is admitting they needed help to change their behaviour. Changing your behaviour takes courage but brings lifelong rewards.

If your family is scared of you, or if people tell you that your behaviour is frightening, you might need to consider making changes to the way you behave.

Change is possible, it takes courage, effort and determination. There are services all over New Zealand that offer programmes and support for you to learn new ways of behaving.

The Family Violence Information Line (0800 456 450) provides self-help information and connects people to services where appropriate. It is available seven days a week, from 9am to 11pm, with an after-hours message redirecting callers in the case of an emergency.

If you are concerned about violence, there are people who can help: