This book focusses primarily on interpersonal violence and the ways in which the New Zealand criminal justice and helping services respond. The chapters address the following set of research and practice domains including
child abuse and protection,
youth violence, family violence and violence in intimate relationships,
crime and criminal justice,
professional issues. These domains have been drawn from the research concentrations within Te Awatea Violence Research Centre and all have a preventative focus. Wherever possible, the themes of gender, culture, the family as an institution, and service responses to the victims and perpetrators of violence have been developed within the chapters to provide a sense of integration across the book as a whole.