A domestic violence project three years in the making will be launched in Hawke's Bay next week with aims of preventing abuse in families and communities through better use of people and networks in the communities.

Tu Mai Awa stems from an international conference held in the Bay in 2014, and the launch of the new project will take place at Matahiwi Marae, Clive, on July 20.

Its focus is response-based practice and draws on the experience of such people as Canadian luminary Dr Allan Wade, who delivered a paper to the earlier conference.