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New research finds changes in rates of intimate partner violence in NZ

April 09, 2021 at 3:42 PM

From the NZFVC

Results from a national family violence survey find women report more economic abuse and coercive controlling behaviours from male partners.

Researchers at the University of Auckland have published findings about the prevalence of different types of intimate partner violence (IPV) in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is the first research to track changes in rates of abuse by New Zealand women’s partners over time using population surveys specifically designed to measure violence experience. 

The studies, led by Associate Professor Janet Fanslow in the School of Population Health, compared data from face-to-face surveys of New Zealand women conducted in 2003 and 2019 relating to husbands, boyfriends and current and ex-partners. The research didn’t cover women in lesbian relationships because the surveys lacked enough data. 

The research found that women reported increased lifetime experience of controlling behaviours and double the rates of economic abuse from a male partner. The lifetime rate of physical IPV has not changed and there has been a small reduction in lifetime sexual IPV. 

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