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The Impact of Family Violence on Children

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the cause and dynamics of family violence, including intimate partner violence, and the harmful, traumatic effects on children exposed to family violence.  Participants will gain an understanding of family violence as a parenting issue, best interventions for children exposed to family violence, and identify their role in supporting children who are exposed to or have experienced family violence. 

Participants will:

  • Understand the prevalence of family violence involving children in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Understand the causes, dynamics and cycle of family violence including concepts of power and control.
  • Understand the interrelated nature of intimate partner violence and child abuse and neglect.
  • Understand the effects of exposure to family violence on children and the impact on parenting.
  • Understand adult victims of intimate partner violence who are parents are not responsible for the abusive partner’s violence and its cessation. 
  • Know how to support a child who is experiencing family violence and identify where to seek assistance for children.
  • Be able to identify best evidence-based interventions and good practice for responding to children exposed to family violence.  

This workshop will include a range of teaching methods and mediums including lecture, small and large group discussions, interactive activities, video clips and case studies.  Participants are encouraged to share their ideas and experiences



One day (9.00am - 4.00pm)


Who should register?

This workshop is particularly suitable for anyone who works with children and/or their families and whānau that experience or are at risk of experiencing family harm. 


For more information email us on info@childmatters.org.nz or phone 07 838 3370