• We believe all services need to be culturally appropriate and informed by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • We believe we all have a right to live in homes free from violence and oppression.
  • We are committed to the wellbeing of whānau and families.
  • We believe violence in families occurs in a wider context of oppression and inequality.
  • We challenge the nature and quality of social response in a society that supports violence and oppression.
  • We believe family violence is socially learned and can be changed through effective community action that strengthens community relationships and networks.
  • We believe the best way to achieve our objectives are to work together to build safe, resilient strong and connected communities which enable whānau to thrive.

VIN Whanganui- weaving our community together to support healthy and safe relationships.

This website has information to help you spot the (often subtle) signs of family harm, find support and learn how to support others.

In an emergency – call Police on 111.

If you are here because you need help or information, connect with one of our member organisations right here in Whanganui.

“An abuser isn’t abusive 24/7. They usually display positive character traits most of the time. That’s what makes the abuse so confusing when it happens, and what makes leaving so much more difficult.”

“About half of all homicides in New Zealand are committed by an offender who is identified as family”

“Family violence is not a crime of love, it is a crime of ownership”

“Children are present at about 80% of all violent incidents in New Zealand homes. 1 in 3 women experience violence from their partner in their lifetime”

Whanganui has a zero tolerance of family violence, and this empowers families and whanau to have healthy, respectful relationships free from violence.

The Whanganui Family Violence Network is the essential voice in the community in the matter of family violence and wellbeing.

Vin acknowledges Te Awa Tupua and the mana whenua of the land, Atihaunui a Paparangi, on which we work and live.

We pay our respects to these peoples, past, present and future and acknowledge and value their history, culture and knowledge.