Safe Man Safe Family works to help end the cycle of domestic violence by healing the people who are most broken – the perpetrators of violence, who in most cases have also been victims themselves.
It’s a fact that children who grow up in violent homes are more likely to repeat the cycle of victim or perpetrator. And removal from those homes rarely solves the issue. They are literally hard-wired to accept violence as the norm, and effectively marred for life, leading to everything from criminal behaviour to early death.
We are working to stop this legacy. Safe Men Safe Family uses effective, peer-led programmes to help men understand the roots of their behaviour and gives them the tools to manage conflict and be violence-free, so their partners and children can live without fear.
This should never be normal.
HOW WE WORK
New Zealand /Aotearoa has the worst domestic violence statistics in the developed world.
It's one of our most significant social issues.
Over 500,000 incidents are estimated to happen every year (80% go unreported), and it costs the country an estimated $4billion ($4,000,000,000) minimum every year (that’s at least $839 for every man, woman and child). And it’s not going away.
Every year, around 13 women, 10 men and 9 children die through domestic violence – an issue that becomes normalised within families, through generations.