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Family Violence Clearinghouse


Issue 80
December 2018
In This Issue

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This is our final Pānui for 2018 and as always, it is packed with plenty to read, mull over and act on. The next Pānui will be published in February 2019. Please see our holiday closure dates below. We wish all our readers a safe and happy break.
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Holiday closure
We are taking a holiday break.  
The Clearinghouse closes for the year on
Thursday 20 December 2018.

The office will reopen on Monday 7 January 2019.  
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  We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer holiday. 
New resources 
Here are some of the books, reports, and other resources added to the NZFVC library this month. Use the "read more" link to the NZFVC library online to read the full summary and request or download the item. Please contact us if any links are broken.
New Zealand
Alternative approaches to abortion law
Wellington, New Zealand: Law Commission, 2018
Law Commission Ministerial Briefing paper, 4, 2018
Summary: This ministerial briefing paper provides advice to the Minister of Justice on alternative approaches that could be taken in New Zealand's abortion laws if the Government decides to treat abortion as a health issue. It describes three alternative legal models...
Read more
  Are we making a difference in the lives of New Zealanders - how will we know?: A wellbeing measurement approach for investing for social wellbeing in New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand: Social Investment Agency, 2018
Summary: The Social Investment Agency (SIA) is developing a new approach to analyse the impact of social services on the wellbeing of New Zealanders. This can help funders, providers and others understand whether these services are making a genuine and lasting difference to people's lives, and inform better decisions about where to focus effort to improve people's wellbeing...
Read more
Continuous improvement of the family and sexual violence system: A national collaborative backbone agency is the critical component
Ruth Herbert and Deborah Mackenzie

The Backbone Collective, 2018
Summary: This is a discussion paper produced by The Backbone Collective. The purpose of this paper is to put forward the case for a national collaborative backbone agency - at arm's length from central government - to be established as part of the infrastructure required to support the new integrated, whole-of-government approach to family violence and sexual violence recently announced by government...
Read more

Countering domestic violence and improving child wellbeing: 2017 research report on a New Zealand programme delivered by classroom teachers (Jade speaks up!)
Geoff Bridgman, Elaine Dyer and Andrea O'Hagan
Auckland, New Zealand: Violence Free Communities, 2018
Summary : This review outlines the core elements of the development and implementation of the Jade Speaks Up (JSU) programme. It places JSU within the current picture of school wide programmes currently being trialled in New Zealand schools. The data in this report offers a significant contribution to what is possible in the arena of long-term social change in intermediate-level (years 4-8) education... Read more 

Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand
Ian Lambie and Juliet Gerrard
Auckland, New Zealand: Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, 2018
Summary : This is a discussion paper on what New Zealand can do to prevent family violence. It takes the position that family violence is a solvable problem. Family violence can be seen as largely a "symptom" of underlying social and psychological issues, that are indeed multiple and complex, but are associated with many of the drivers of other social concerns... Read more 
He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction
Wellington, New Zealand: Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, 2018
Summary : This report provides recommendations for the next five to ten years that Government, the mental health and addiction sectors and the whole community can pick up and make happen... Read more 
Improving the justice response to victims of sexual violence: Victims' experiences
Tania Boyer, Sue Allison and Helen Creagh, Gravitas Research and Strategy. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Justice, 2018
Summary: The overarching objective of this research was to explore the experiences of victims of sexual violence in New Zealand who have journeyed through the justice system in the past three years, with focus on what aspects risk revictimisation or retraumatisation for victims through the justice process and how it could be improved for victims... Read more

Māori Cultural Framework
Wellington, New Zealand: Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children, 2018
Summary: Oranga Tamariki, in partnership with others has designed the Māori Cultural Framework for all of Oranga Tamariki. The Framework is a starting point for Oranga Tamariki to better engage with and respond to iwi and Māori partners, whānau and tamariki...
Read more
Tuku iho, tuku iho: Culture in Māori health service provision
K. McClintock and R. McClintock
Te Rau Matatini, 2018
Summary: This publication provides critical understanding of the notion of culture, cultural safety, cultural competency and cultural fluency especially central to Māori health service provision in Aotearoa...
Read more
NZ youth and porn: Research findings of a survey on how and why young New Zealanders view online
Wellington, New Zealand: Office of Film and Literature Classification, 2018
Summary: For many children and young people in Aotearoa today, porn is as close as the nearest phone. This is why the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) has undertaken this research project - to give young people a platform to tell us how and why they are viewing pornography. The research offers New Zealanders and decisionmakers robust and up-to-date evidence about the scope of the issues, helping to inform the education, health, regulation and public policy discussions we need to have...
Read more
Review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976: Preferred approach | Te Arotake i te Property (Relationships) Act 1976: He Aronga i Mariu ai
Wellington, New Zealand: Law Commission, 2018
Law Commission Issues Paper | He Puka Kaupapa, 44, 2018
Summary: In this paper, the Law Commission presents a package of reforms that the Commission intends to recommend to the Government in 2019, subject to any feedback received. The Law Commission is open to altering the proposals if it is shown they will not work as intended or there is a better approach...
Read more
Preventing and responding to sexual harassment at work - advice for businesses
Wellington: Worksafe New Zealand, 2018
Summary: This guide is for business managers. It explains what sexual harassment is; how your business must manage its work health and safety risks; how to respond to reports of sexual harassment; and who can help. This is just one of the resources prepared by Worksafe New Zealand to help workers and businesses understand their rights and obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 in the area of sexual harassment at work...
Read more
Also available:
Journal articles
Contact your local library for full text access to articles which are not freely available online

Childhood abuse and psychotic experiences in adulthood: Findings from a 35-year longitudinal study
Caroline J. Bell, James A. Foulds, L. John Horwood, Roger T. Mulder and Joseph M. Boden
British Journal of Psychiatry, Advance online publication, 27 November 2018
Summary: The extent to which exposure to childhood sexual and physical abuse increases the risk of psychotic experiences in adulthood is currently unclear. Using data from the Christchurch Health and Development Study, the authors examined the relationship between childhood sexual and physical abuse and psychotic experiences in adulthood taking... Read more 

Health and wellbeing of Māori secondary school students in New Zealand: Trends between 2001, 2007 and 2012
Terryann C. Clark, Jade Le Grice, Emma Moselen, Theresa Fleming, Sue Crengle, Jemaima Tiatia-Seath and Sonia Lewycka
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Advance online publication, 29 October 2018
Summary: Using data from the Youth2000 surveys, this paper describes the health status over time of Māori secondary school students in New Zealand compared to European students. Compared to 2001, Māori students in 2012 experienced improved health, family and school connections. However, considerable inequity persists with Māori students reporting poorer health, greater exposure to violence and socioeconomic adversity compared to European students... Read more 
'My daughter is a drug addict': Grandparents caring for the children of addicted parents
Liz Gordon
Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 2018, 13(1): 39-54
Summary: This article reports on one aspect of a large multi-method survey of grandparents raising grandchildren, carried out in 2016. This article reports on the circumstances and well-being of families where parental drug addiction was cited as a reason for the children living with grandparents. Common causes of grandparents struggling to care for their grandchildren were personal health issues, housing, financial problems and dealing with traumatised or unwell children... Read more 
New Zealand should intensify efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030: The views of women from communities that practice FGM/C
Ayan Said, Cath Conn and Shoba Nayar
Pacific Health, 2018, 1(1)
Summary: In 2016 UNICEF reported on the continuing scale and persistence of female genital mutilation globally, currently known as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and the need to intensify efforts to eliminate the practice. New Zealand has made provision for communities in preventing FGM/C through legal and educational means. Yet, the challenge continues. The purpose of this paper, drawing on the voices of women from FGM/C practicing communities in New Zealand, is to consider areas where the health system can partner with affected communities to better help in preventing FGM/C... Read more 
Australian's attitudes to violence against women and gender equality: Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)
Kim Webster, et al.
Melbourne, Vic: ANROWS, 2018
Summary: This report documents findings from the National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) and considers them in the context of other related research. It focuses on results for the community as a whole... Read more 
Connect with respect: Preventing gender-based violence in schools. Classroom programme for students in early secondary school (ages 11-14)
Bangkok, Thailand: UNESCO, 2018
Summary: This tool has been created to help schools in Asia and the Pacific to provide positive role models, empower children and youth to have healthy and respectful relationships, and deliver a violence prevention programme within their curriculum... Read more
Family violence and homelessness
Kara Beavis and Kate Thomas
Melbourne, Vic: Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, 2018
Research brief

Summary: This research brief examines some of the intersections between family violence and women's homelessness in Australia, with a focus on Victoria... Read more 
Global study on homicide: Gender-related killing of women and girls
Vienna, Austria: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2018
Summary: This study gives an overview of the scope of gender-related killing of women and girls. It provides in-depth analysis of killings perpetrated within the family sphere and examines forms of gender-related killings perpetrated outside the family sphere, such as the killing of women in conflict and the killing of female sex workers. The study explores the scale of intimate partner/family-related killings of women and girls, and describes different forms of gender-related killings of women. It also looks at the characteristics of the perpetrators of intimate partner killings, the link between lethal and non-lethal violence against women, and the criminal justice response... Read more   
Hidden forces: Shining a light on reproductive coercion. White paper
Melbourne, Vic.: Marie Stopes Australia, 2018
Summary: In March 2017, Marie Stopes Australia began a process to explore and raise the profile of the largely hidden issue of reproductive coercion. During 2017 and 2018, stakeholder engagement and consultation sought to define reproductive coercion and examine approaches to addressing it through research, policy and practice... Read more  
Invisible practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence
Lucy Healey, Cathy Humphreys, Menka Tsantefski, Susan Heward-Belle and David Mandel
Sydney, NSW: ANROWS, 2018

ANROWS Research report, Issue 04, December 2018  

Summary : This project aimed to provide an evidence base for intervening with fathers who use domestic and family violence, in order to enhance support for women and children living with DFV. The project is a part of ANROWS's Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream. The project delivered an evidence-informed Practice Guide for workers and highlights the need for organisations to undertake systemic change to embed new practice approaches... Read more 
Looking where the light is: Creating and restoring safety and healing
Helen Milroy, Rowena Lawrie and Paul Testro
Barton, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, 2018
Summary: The Healing Foundation brought together a Knowledge Circle of key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers and survivors along with relevant non-Indigenous practitioners and researchers. The Knowledge Circle shared cultural, practice and research knowledge related to understanding, preventing and responding to child sexual abuse.
This paper sets out a culturally based practice framework for understanding and responding to child sexual abuse. The framework is designed to create and restore safety and healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities... Read more 
Manhood 2.0: A curriculum promoting a gender-equitable future of manhood
Washington, DC: Promundo-US & University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2018
Summary: Manhood 2.0 is a gender-transformative curriculum developed by Promundo and the University of Pittsburgh to engage young men aged 15 to 24 in reflecting on the impacts of harmful gender norms, specifically those surrounding issues such as teen pregnancy prevention, dating violence and sexual assault, and the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. The initiative is an adaptation of Program H, an evidence based program launched by Promundo and partners in 2002... Read more  
Strangulation and intimate partner violence
Ellen Reeves
Melbourne, Vic: Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, 2018
Research brief  

Summary: This research brief examines the definition of non-fatal strangulation, how it has come to be understood as a key risk of intimate partner homicide, and legal responses to non-fatal strangulation in Australia and other jurisdictions, including New Zealand... Read more 
Systems abuse
Ellen Reeves
Melbourne, Vic: Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, 2018
Research brief 

Summary: This research brief examines what is known about systems abuse. To date, systems abuse has been under-researched and there is minimal data on the experiences of perpetrators who manipulate the system and of the victims who experience the system as a tool of further abuse. As understandings of family violence progress and evolve, it is important that this type of coercive and controlling violence is not left undetected by the justice system... Read more 
Three principles to improve outcomes for children and families
Boston, MA: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2017
Summary: Recent advances in the science of brain development offer us an unprecedented opportunity to solve some of society's most challenging problems, from widening disparities in school achievement and economic productivity to costly health problems across the lifespan. Understanding how the experiences children have starting at birth, even prenatally, affect lifelong outcomes - combined with new knowledge about the core capabilities adults need to thrive as parents and in the workplace - provides a strong foundation upon which policymakers and civic leaders can design a shared and more effective agenda... Read more 
Towards an end to sexual harassment: The urgency and nature of change in the era of #MeToo
New York: UN Women, 2018
Summary: This is intended to support policy makers, employers and activists by sharing UN Women's varied work on this topic and it offers new guidance on policy and practice on sexual harassment. It does so within the context of international commitments and standards against violence, discrimination against women and on human rights. The voices of some critical groups are also given space here - the UN Feminist Network and the UN Women Youth Council. Both include in their orbit victims and survivors of abuse; their advice and expectations are taken seriously... Read more 
Understanding domestic violence disclosure schemes ('Clare's law')
Sandra Walklate and Kate Fitz-Gibbon
Melbourne, Vic: Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, 2018
Research brief   Summary: This research brief describes the history of Clare's law and domestic violence disclosure schemes (DVDS) and their introduction in various jurisdictions, including New Zealand. Despite the rapid spread of these schemes around the globe, this paper questions their effectiveness for keeping women and children safe from violence... Read more 
Understanding elder abuse: A scoping study
Melanie Joosten, Freda Vrantsidis and Briony Dow
Melbourne, Vic: University of Melbourne; National Ageing Research Institute, 2017
Summary: This review begins with a broad discussion of elder abuse by considering the definition of the term and the prevalence of the behaviour, the impact elder abuse has on older people and the wider population, and the family context within which elder abuse most often occurs. It then considers the different ways elder abuse is conceptualised, and how it intersects with a range of other issues including ageism, family violence and conflict, caregiving, gender and sexuality, and culture and suggests that an applied ecological approach (which considers the individual and their place within their community and society) is the most comprehensive way of conceptualising elder abuse... Read more 
"What about my right not to be abused?": Domestic abuse, human rights and the family courts
Jenny Birchall and Shazia Choudhry
Bristol, England: Women's Aid, 2018
Summary: This research examines women survivors of domestic abuse's experiences of the family courts in the United Kingdom, looking at these experiences through the lens of human rights. Talking to survivors about rights - using plain language around the right to a fair trial and the right to life - helped to uncover stark problems with culture and practice in the family courts that affect the courts' ability to do justice, safeguard against further trauma, and prioritise children's safety... Read more 

Journal articles 
Contact your local library for full text access to articles which are not freely available online.
Attitudinal support for violence against women: What a population-level survey of the Australian community can and cannot tell us
Kim Webster, et al.
Australian Journal of Social Issues, Advance online publication, 18 November 2018
Summary: Societal level norms, practices and structures are among the factors contributing to it, sometimes referred to collectively as representing "cultures of support" for VAW. Understanding factors contributing to these cultures is important for prevention, but remains the subject of debate. Population-level surveys of attitudes toward VAW are one means to strengthen this understanding... Read more 
Bystander prevention for sexual violence: #HowIWillChange and gaps in Twitter discourse
Alyssa F. Harlow, Sydney K. Willis, Meghan L. Smith and Emily F. Rothman
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Advance online publication, 31 October 2018
Summary: Twitter has rapidly gained popularity as a space for the public to discuss sexual violence (SV) prevention due to a number of high-profile SV cases. This study aimed to examine Twitter discourse on SV prevention through the hashtag #HowIWillChange, which encouraged Twitter users to come forward and report plans to engage in bystander prevention. The authors analyzed 1,493 #HowIWillChange tweets from October 2017 through a directed content analysis approach rooted in an evidence-based framework for the continuum of bystander intervention... Read more 
The perils and pitfalls of formal equality in Australian family law reform
Belinda Fehlberg, Lisa Sarmas and Jenny Morgan
Federal Law Review, 2018, 46: 367-396
Summary; In this paper, the authors identify the influence of formal equality - and more specifically, formal gender equality (that is, treating men and women the same) - in central areas of major Australian family law reform over the past 20 years. Given the influence of formal equality and concerns regarding this trend, the authors consider whether equality-based arguments should be abandoned entirely, at least in the family law context, and explore alternative approaches that could reframe the debate... Read more 
Psychological advocacy towards healing (PATH): A randomized controlled trial of a psychological intervention in a domestic violence service setting
Giulia Ferrari, et al.
PLoS One, Online 27 November 2018
Summary: Experience of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is associated with mental illness. Advocacy has little effect on mental health outcomes of female DVA survivors and there is uncertainty about the effectiveness of psychological interventions for this population. The authors aimed to test the effectiveness of a psychological intervention delivered by advocates to DVA survivors... Read more 
Women's experiences of a randomised controlled trial of a specialist psychological advocacy intervention following domestic violence: A nested qualitative study
Maggie Evans, Alice Malpass, Roxanne Agnew-Davies and Gene Feder
PLoS One, Online 27 November 2018
Summary: This is a qualitative study nested within the PATH trial, based in two DVA agencies in the UK. A purposive sample of thirty-one intervention and usual care participants were interviewed up to three interviews over a year. Thematic analysis was carried out, incorporating concepts from the Trans-Theoretical Model of change... Read more 
In the news 
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New website provides information about justice processes to sexual violence survivors - 17 Dec, 2018
A new website to provide information about justice processes to survivors of...

"Every four minutes": Chief Science Advisor publishes paper on family violence - 17 Dec, 2018
The Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor has delivered a report on preventing...

Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children develops Māori Cultural Framework, app - 17 Dec, 2018
Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children has published a Māori Cultural...

SIA work: social wellbeing, use of data, analysing the impact of social services - 17 Dec, 2018
From May to August 2018, the Social Investment Agency (SIA) ran a consultation...

Final report from Mental Health & Addiction Inquiry released - 17 Dec, 2018
The Government has released the final report from the Inquiry into Mental...

Discussion paper proposes independent backbone agency, continuous improvement - 11 Dec, 2018
The Backbone Collective has produced a discussion paper proposing that a...

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific family violence prevention training 2018-19 - 6 Dec, 2018
Pasefika Proud has confirmed dates for the next round of ethnic specific family...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities; NZ research explores abuse of disabled women - 3 Dec, 2018
December 3 marks the United Nations International Day of Persons with...

White Ribbon campaign and 16 days of activism against against gender-based violence 2018 - 3 Dec, 2018
The White Ribbon campaign this year has focused on asking men to stand up and...

Family and sexual violence cross-government work update, November 2018 - 3 Dec, 2018
The November email update from the Government's joint venture on family...
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Dates throughout the year 
Child Matters & Oranga Tamariki. Free seminars 
Locations throughout Aotearoa. See website for details.
16 - 20 January 2019
SSWR 2019 Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA, United States
1 - 2 February 2019 *NEW*
Family Violence Prevention Training Programme
Pasefika Proud

5 - 6 February 2019
Melbourne, Australia

5 February 2019 *NEW*
Engaging with trauma
SSPA workshop 

7 - 9 February 2019 *NEW*
Fofola e Fala kae Talanoa e kainga
- Tongan Family Violence Prevention Training

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

7 - 9 February 2019 *NEW*
Toku Fou Tiale
- Tuvalu Family Violence Prevention Training

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

8 February 2019 *NEW*
SSPA workshop

15 February 2019 *NEW*
SSPA workshop

19 February 2019 *NEW*
Child Protection Level 1
Safeguarding Children seminar

20 February 2019 *NEW*
Advanced Child Protection Workshop: Safeguarding Children and young people

1-2 March 2019 *NEW*
Pasefika Proud
Hawkes Bay

6 - 8 March 2019 *NEW*
O le Tōfā Mamao
- Samoan Family Violence Prevention Training

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes
Hawkes Bay

15-16 March 2019 *NEW*
Family Violence Prevention Training Programme
Pasefika Proud

21 - 23 March 2019 *NEW*
Ko e Fakatupuolamoui he tau Magafaoa
- Niue Family Violence Prevention Training

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

22 March 2019 *NEW*
SSPA workshop
New Plymouth  

29 - 30 March 2019 *NEW*
Family Violence Prevention Training Programme
Pasefika Proud


4 - 6 April 2019 *NEW*
Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

4 - 6 April 2019 *NEW*
Kāinga Māopoopo
- Tokelau Family Violence Prevention Training

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes
22 - 25 April 2019 
International Conference on Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, and Increasing Access
EVAWI 2019 conference 
San Diego, California, United States

 2 - 4 May 2019 *NEW*
Türanga Maori
- Cook Islands Family Violence Prevention Training

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

9 - 11 May 2019 *NEW*
Vuvale Sautu
- Fiji Family Violence Prevention Training

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes
Manukau City, Auckland

11 - 12 June 2019 
Digital trust and personal data
London, United Kingdom
Call for abstracts closes 28 January 2019
21 - 24 October 2019 
SVRI Forum 2019 
Cape Town, South Africa
Registration opens 2 December 2018
Call for abstracts closes 25 January 2019

5 - 8 November 2019 *NEW*
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Call for abstract closes 7 January 2019