This report examines the experiences of 43 Māori, Pakeha, Pasifika and other ethnic minority women who were victims of male partner violence, the impact of the violence on them and their children, and their experiences of the justice system when they reached out for protection. The objectives of the project were to:
identify and describe the experiences of a sample of women in obtaining protection orders, the impact of protection orders and the response to breaches of protection orders;
identify those aspects that are working well (that is, positive experiences of protection orders); and
identify areas for improvement including barriers that prevent women from applying for and obtaining protection orders.