We encourage news media to contact us for advice on how to report on family violence. We can also put you in touch with community spokespeople around New Zealand.

Phone: 04 916 3496 MSD Media Team (for news media enquiries only)


Latest Family Violence Statistics

Click here to read the latest statistics on family violence in New Zealand

Guidelines for reporters

We believe the news media has a responsibility to report accurately on family violence. News stories need to inform New Zealanders about the true nature of family violence, how many people are affected and in what way, and what we can do about it.

Reporters and the stories they write have a huge influence on the way people think and act. Journalists have a role to play in changing attitudes in New Zealand on the complex issue of family violence.

We developed Guidelines for Reporters to assist journalists to report on this topic.

Download the Guidelines for Reporters [PDF 61 KB]

Media Manual

The Media Manual has been produced to support community agencies to use the news pages and bulletins of their local media to raise awareness about family violence.

Download the Speak Up Media Manual [PDF 90 KB]

Media Advocacy Project Summary

It’s not OK undertook a comprehensive project to change the way the news media in New Zealand reports the topic of family violence. Here’s a summary of that project.

Download the media advocacy project summary