About Dating Violence


  • 15-24 year olds are the age group most at risk of physical, psychological and sexual victimisation from current and ex-partners(New Zealand National Survey of Crime Victims, 2006). 
  • 48 per cent of couples at age 21 years old reported having been involved in physical partner violence (Dunedin Longitudinal Study, Moffitt and Caspi, 1999).
  • 25 per cent of those convicted of ‘male assaults female’ in 2006 were 15 – 24 years old, with 44% of all those convicted being under 29 years old (Ministry of Justice, 2008).
  • 66% of women seeking Women’s Refuge help are 17-35 years old. In 2009, 26.1% of refuge clients were aged 16 – 25 years old (New Zealand Women’s Refuge 2006, 2010).
  • One woman dies approximately every 26 days at the hand of her partner or former partner. We estimate that over 20 women have been murdered since Sophie in 2008 (Roundtable for Violence Against Women).
  • In 2009, nearly 75% of the 29 female murder victims were killed by offenders identified as a family member or partner (Police Statistics on Culpable deaths in New Zealand, April 2010).
  • Women’s Refuge receive a crisis call every 9 minutes. New Zealand police receive a domestic violence crisis call every seven minutes (Its Not Ok, 2010).
  • 37% of protection order applications and 25% of respondents are under 29 years old (Family Court Statistics, 2007).