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Family Violence Forum

Family Violence Forum
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Family and intimate partner violence are complex behaviours that can occur in unexpected contexts. This FREE full-day forum for lawyers will increase your confidence in understanding and recognising signs of potential abuse. Sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.

From the chair

E aku nui, e aku rahi, e aku rau rangatira mā, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Family violence is a plague in Aotearoa. It does not discriminate and reaches across all cultures, genders, and social backgrounds. As lawyers working within the family violence space, we must play our part in addressing this prevalent issue that is impacting our clients and their whānau/family.

Family and intimate partner violence can be complex, especially when a client’s background is one that we are not familiar with. A lack of understanding can lead to unconscious bias. We must remember that each client has a story, which is why this forum aims to bring you background knowledge from a variety of viewpoints, with an aim of adding to your kete/basket of knowledge in this complex area. I encourage you to attend – whether in person or online.

I am looking forward to learning with you and together improving our practice.

Chair: Hemi Arthur, Friendship Chambers, Auckland


Family and intimate partner violence are complex behaviours that can occur in unexpected contexts. Lawyers need to be able to recognise and respond to signs of coercion or violence occurring in their clients’ lives and how their choices are limited.

The programme will include an overview of the fundamental dynamics of family and intimate partner violence, plus presentations covering a variety of cultural and personal contexts, some of which may not be familiar to all practitioners. Although practitioners are likely to know that family violence and coercion can occur in all sectors of the community, some of what you hear in this programme may be “unexpected”, for a range of reasons.

Download the programme for the day

Learning objectives

By attending this forum you will:

  • Realise more fully that violence and coercion may occur in unexpected contexts and may be part of your clients’ lives.
  • Increase your knowledge of sectors of the community with which you may not be familiar.


The forum will include a range of presentations and discussion, with time for questions. You will be able to ask questions in advance and during the day.

Links to key documents, the full programme, and the email address for questions are on the course resources page. View resources


There is a large amount of excellent research and relevant reading available online. We recommend you spend at least two hours preparing for the forum. View forum resources


  • Chair: Hemi Arthur, Friendship Chambers, Auckland
  • Camellia Foster-Stone, Rainbow Violence Prevention Network, Auckland
  • Dr Debbie Hager, University of Auckland, Auckland
  • Sue Hobbs, Safeguarding Adults Consultant and Coordinator, Wellington
  • Tim Marshall, Tauawhi Men’s Centre, Gisborne
  • Hanny Naus, Age Concern New Zealand, Wellington
  • Rachel Smith, AUT, Auckland
  • Dr Sripriya (Priya) Somasekhar, Wellington
  • Jono Selu, Rainbow Violence Prevention Network, Tāmaki Makaurau


The forum is on Monday 20 June at Ellerslie Event Centre or you can attend online. There will be breaks for refreshments and lunch. A detailed programme will be provided on the course webpage by 1 June.

  • Registration 8.00am
  • Sessions begin 8.30am
  • Sessions end 5.00pm
  • Note Live Web Stream registrations close 3.00pm Friday 17 June

Who should attend

All family and criminal law practitioners, whether or not they are currently involved in family violence proceedings.

Fee (incl GST)


  • This programme is offered free of charge - but you must still register.
  • Live web stream registrations close 3pm Friday 17 June.

Download PDF Brochure & registration form

Sponsored by 

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Live Web Stream 20 June
Auckland 20 June

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.
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