Frequently used family violence terms have been translated into 13 languages to support people involved in court proceedings who have English as a second language.
The languages are Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Samoan, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Tongan, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.
They are the most commonly used languages used by immigrants to New Zealand.
This initiative was proposed by Judge Fraser in Auckland, so that people appearing in court in relation to family violence can more easily describe what happened to them.
The Ministry of Justice Family Violence Implementation team arranged for the translations to be done by the Department of Internal Affairs Translation Service.
Interpreters can access the translations as needed to support their clients.