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WI7.10 Persons competent to make a statutory declaration that family violence has occurred

  1. Statutory declarations from the following persons stating that they are satisfied that family violence has occurred are acceptable as evidence of family violence:
    1. 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;
    2. doctors registered with the New Zealand Medical Council;
    3. nurses registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand;
    4. psychologists registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board;
    5. counsellors who are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors; and
    6. experienced staff members of Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki approved women's refuges. Such staff members must be nominated by:
      • the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges
      • Shakti Community Council.
  2. 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).
  3. Immigration officers may verify that statutory declarations provided as evidence of family violence have been made by the appropriate person by contacting the professional bodies listed above.

Effective 23/12/2019


WI7.1 Who is eligible for a special work visa

WI7.5 Evidence of family violence

WI7.15 Evidence that the principal applicant has been in a partnership with a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder

WI7.20 Evidence of living in a family relationship with the perpetrator of family violence

WI7.25 Making an application

WI7.30 Determination of applications

WI7.35 Currency and conditions


WI7.10 Persons competent to make a statutory declaration that domestic violence has occurred (29/11/2010)

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