Safe Families Whakamana Whanau

Safe Families Whakamana Whanau


Family violence[1] is a serious public health issue.  Manaia Health PHO is committed to reducing family violence and believes health practitioners have a key role and responsibility in keeping children, young people, women and vulnerable adults safe.  We are supporting our General Practices and others within the Primary Health sector in Whangarei to recognise and respond to family violence, and to refer where appropriate.    

Rationale for a health response to family violence:

  • Victims of abuse use health services at a significantly higher rate than those not abused.
  • As health harm from abuse is cumulative, early intervention is instrumental for improving physical and mental health outcomes.
  • The significant health, social and economic costs of family violence has been clearly documented.
  • To improve the detection and quality of assessment of family violence, a formal organisational change approach is required.


Child Protection and Partner Abuse policies and guidelines and related Medtech advanced forms have been developed.  These are available to all General Practices and other providers associated with Manaia Health PHO.

Basic Training that involves that rationale for the policy and tools, skills practice and most importantly the opportunity to meet staff from agencies and groups that assists families is also provided.

An associated resource directory has been developed and was updated in July 2016 link Community Services Directory Manaia PHO July 2016

If you want further support to develop a comprehensive response to family violence please contact Ngaire Rae, Health Promotion Manager, ph 09 4381015


[1] Family violence is used as an inclusive term covering intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual violence and elder abuse.