The Family Violence Death Review Committee was established in 2008 following a recommendation by the Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families and support from the family violence sector. The Committee is located in the Health Quality and Safety Commission and operates in close collaboration with the Ministries of Health, Justice and Social Development, the New Zealand Police, and other key government and community agencies. The Committee operates under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and is accountable to the Commission.
In July 2008 the Committee was appointed by the Minister of Health and it met for the first time in October 2008. In April 2011, following amendments to the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, the Committee became the responsibility of the HQSC.
The Committee’s main purpose is to help prevent family violence and family violence deaths. It will make communities safer by developing strategic plans to reduce family violence, and by reporting and making recommendations on system, policy and practice improvements.