WI7.10 Persons competent to make a statutory declaration that domestic violence has occurred
- Statutory declarations from the following persons stating that they are satisfied that domestic violence has occurred are acceptable as evidence of domestic violence:
- social workers who are:
- registered with the Social Workers Registration Board; or
- full members of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers; or
- employed in the public service under the State Sector Act 1988;
- doctors registered with the New Zealand Medical Council;
- nurses registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand;
- psychologists registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board;
- counsellors who are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors; and
- experienced staff members of Child Youth and Family approved women's refuges. Such staff members must be nominated by:
- the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges
- Shakti Community Council.
- In order to meet the requirements of WI7.5(d), an applicant must supply a statutory declaration from people acting in their professional capacity from two of the groups listed above. The two people must be unrelated professionally (for example, they cannot be a doctor and a nurse from the same practice).
- Immigration officers may verify that statutory declarations provided as evidence of domestic violence have been made by the appropriate person by contacting the professional bodies listed above.