Our results so far

A major five-year study* by Massey University has proven that Gandhi Nivas’ interventionist model works.

The Massey University research team, led by Professor Mandy Morgan and Dr Leigh Coombes, assessed the efficacy of the Gandhi Nivas programme for men who use violence who are referred to the service with a Police Safety Order. Researchers focused on the Ōtāhuhu home for a five-year period (January 1 2015 –  December 31 2019).

The results of the study, which were presented at Parliament in July 2020, found that by working directly with perpetrators of family violence, Gandhi Nivas was able to prevent almost 60% of the men who have taken part in the programme from reoffending.

Caption from left: Professor Paul Spoonley, Theresa Gattung, Ranjna Patel and Dr Mandy Morgan

*Gandhi Nivas 2014-2019: A statistical description of client demographics and involvement in Police-recorded family violence occurrences. Massey University

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Parliamentary launch of Massey University Results 30 June 2020

What the statistics show


Nearly 60% did not reoffend 

57.5% of previous offenders did NOT reoffend after engaging with the Gandhi Nivas service


92% received help within 24 hours

92% of all men referred to Gandhi Nivas had help within 24 hours of their family harm incident

The Massey University researchers praised Gandhi Nivas for its rapid response to police referrals, the service’s high standard of community leadership, and its culturally appropriate services.

More from the Massey study

  • Men aged in their 20s and 30s are the predominant age group in Gandhi Nivas houses.

  • The majority of men are between 20 and 40 (55.98%), with almost 30% in the 20-29 age group.

  • 49.72% of men were not in employment at the time they resided at Gandhi Nivas

  • 95% of family harm incidents involved intimate partners and family members

  • 32% of men were the intimate partner of the victim, 30% were the parent, 20% were the child of the victim, and 7% were siblings.Of those involved in intimate partner violence, 69% were cohabiting.