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About Rob Veale

Rob Veale is:
An advisor specialising in enhancing safety through providing domestic violence and general violence reduction expertise to government agencies, local government, social service providers, healthcare professionals and community groups.
An experienced lecturer to criminal justice agencies, government, judiciary, healthcare professionals and community service providers throughout the Pacific and within New Zealand.
A topic expert providing strategic and policy advice to community, national and international leaders around domestic violence reduction initiatives.
Experienced in developing policy, legislation and best practice on a range of violence reduction issues.
Committed to inter-agency partnerships as demonstrated by his innovation and leadership in developing and supporting the Family Safety Team initiative throughout New Zealand, and similar initiatives in Pacific communities.
Passionate about reducing domestic violence and the effects of violence through his work as a police officer, detective, national and international advisor, member of the Family Safety Team National Steering Committee and current member of the New Zealand Family Violence Death Review Committee.


Rob work
Recognised as a "Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)" in the New Years Honours list for 2006.
The citation read that “Rob has worked extensively in the Pacific. He has helped Pacific Nations develop responses to violent offending and was seconded to NZAID to design and deliver at training programme for the Pacific including training in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Samoa. Rob was chief trainer during a recent Pacific Regional Initiative in Suva and has provided expert advice to the NZAID / NZ Police project team evaluating recommencing the New Zealand Family Violence Programme to the Pacific Region in 2005.
Awarded the "Excellence in Policing for Women Initiative" by the Australasian Council of Women and Policing for family violence work in New Zealand and the Pacific (2005).
Described by the international panel as ‘outstanding in his contribution to family violence prevention in New Zealand and the Pacific region including developing and delivering training across the region and assisting many of the islands to develop and implement their own specific programmes to incorporate cultural needs.’
Recognised by the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges 'for his work and support of victims and violence' - October 2005


Rob served in the New Zealand Police for thirty years, with the majority of his service leading national policy and practice development in the area of family violence and violence reduction. Since retiring from Police, Rob has worked in the following areas:
  • Member of the inaugural National Family Violence Death Review Committee reporting to the Minister of Health
  • NZ Defence Forces on their initial development and delivery for their Domestic Violence in the Workplace programme
  • Wairarapa Family Violence Intervention Group to devevelop best practice guidelines for inter-agency information sharing
  • NZ Police and their Family Safety Team initiative developing a programme for action for the Wairarapa-based team
  • Various community groups and agencies through facilitating workshops or delivering presentations on general family violence issues, police safety orders and risk assessment for communities and specific networks in:
    • Queenstown
    • Dunedin
    • Timaru
    • Ashburton
    • Chrsitchurch
    • Westport
    • Wellington
    • Porirua
    • Masterton
    • Napier
    • Rotorua
    • Auckland
  • As Manager of the Violence Reduction Unit, Rob has undertaken a number of national and international roles including:
National roles
  • Represented Police on the Family Violence Taskforce and Te Rito (NZ Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2002) and other community violence-related strategies;
  • Represented Police on the Family Safety Team National Steering Committee with Government and NGO representatives
  • Represented Police on the Family Violence Death Review Advisory Committee
  • Represented Police on the inter-agency committee developing national standards for ‘Screening and Risk Assessment’ for family violence and child abuse (refer Standards NZ website)
  • Represented Police at Parliamentary Select Committee(s) – providing advice to the Select Committee on aspects of the Domestic Violence Act 1995
  • Member of the New Zealand Family Violence Task Force (1995 - 1998)
  • Spokesperson for Police regarding national violence-related issues (from public awareness to commenting on Police national policy and practice issues)
  • Development of police national ‘best practice’ re family violence
  • Development of the national 'family violence policy' and policy relating to 'police as respondents of domestic protection orders'
International experience
  • 2005 - New Zealand representative at UNIFEM Violence against Women Regional conference in Fiji – 2005
  • New Zealand representative to East Timor in 2005  assisting development of domestic violence legislation as part of the request by United Nations Development Programme
  • New Zealand representative at ASEAN Regional Conference in the Philippines for community-based programmes to prevent domestic violence
  • Reviewing the responsiveness to domestic violence of eight pacific police organisations including Kiribati, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Niue. Initiatives involved raising awareness within police, developing systems and best practice, and building police – community partnerships
  • Design, development and conducting the Pacific Regional Community Policing Course (with officers from Niue, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, and Tonga)
  • Development of training materials and conducting the introductory training workshop in Fiji for Pacific Police trainers
Training experience - some examples
  • Delivered family violence training and lecturers to a wide range of audiences, including Police, the judiciary, NGOs, government agencies and other professional groups
  • Presented session on risk assessment and joint presentation with Dr Claire Healy (DSAC - Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care) on investigation of strangulation in the context of domestic violence at the Family Violence Conference (NNSVS), Auckland
  • Presented address on domestic violence and a Pacific perspective at the Tairawhiti Family Violence Conference, Gisborne
  • Presented to South Island Judges conference on domestic violence policing issues including risk assessment
  • Presented paper at the Living and Learning Together: The Role of Human Rights education in strengthening communities in New Zealand and the Pacific
  • Attended Pacific Conflict Transformation Hui at the AUT Marae, Auckland
  • Attended The International Conference on Domestic Violence Homicide conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology, Gold Coast 2008
  • Coordination and facilitation of Police Family Violence national conferences, district training workshops, community seminars