Changing landscapes: Responding to domestic violence in New Zealand


  • Yvonne Crichton- Hill A senior Lecturer with the Social Work programme, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury.



domestic violence, theory, practice models,


Domestic violence is not a recent phenomenon; rather it is one which has endured. To understand professional social work responses to domestic violence it is necessary to examine theories of causation since these inform ideas about intervention. How social work responds to domestic violence is context dependent. This article examines the causal explanations and contextual factors that have shaped New Zealand’s social work response to domestic violence. Suggestions are made for maximising a multifaceted, anti-discriminatory approach to practice. 


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How to Cite

Crichton- Hill, Y. (2016). Changing landscapes: Responding to domestic violence in New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 22(4), 12–19.