LAW & YOUR RIGHTS
Understand the law around consent and rights
It is important to understand the law around consent and also your rights. The documents linked to below stipulate the law regarding consent and your rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Crimes Act, 1961. Aotearoa New Zealand Legislation. Section 128 and 128A clearly outlines the law in relation to sexual violation and non-consensual sexual activity. http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/137.0/DLM329057.html
Victims’ Rights, New Zealand Police. Details your rights during an investigation. http://www.police.govt.nz/advice/sexual-assault/victims-rights
Stalking and Harassment Information Page. New Zealand Government information on stalking and harassment and restraining orders. https://www.govt.nz/browse/law-crime-and-justice/abuse-harassment-domestic-violence/stalking-and-harassment/
Family Violence and Protection Orders. Ministry of Justice, (2017). Information on how to obtain a Protection Order and what it means. Download the brochure About Family Violence and Protection Orders [PDF, 453 KB].