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Family Violence Clearinghouse


Issue 86
June/July 2019
In This Issue

Kia ora and welcome to the latest newsletter from the NZFVC, a monthly update of resources, news and events for those working to prevent family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand. 


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Significant legislative changes come into effect today, 1 July 2019, under the Family Violence Act 2018, Oranga Tamariki Act (Children's and Young Person's Well-being Act) 1989 and related legislation. The Ministry of Justice and Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children have provided guidance on the new information sharing provisions.

This month has also seen reports released from the reviews of the family justice system and criminal justice reforms. From the community, a new sexual violence service for ethnic communities has been announced. We highlight recent research and resources on elder abuse, animal abuse and violence prevention for Rainbow communities - see the News section below for these stories.

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This month 

The Science Media Centre is running their Science Media SAVVY training again on 29-30 August (Wellington) and 21-22 November (Auckland) 2019.
These are a great opportunity for currently active researchers in any field, including family and whānau violence, to attend two full days of training to increase your skills and confidence in talking to media.
Apply online by 19 July (Wellington) or 11 October (Auckland). 
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
He waka roimata: Transforming our criminal justice system
First report of Te 
Uepü   Hāpai i te Ora - Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group,
Summary: This is the interim report from Te 
Uepü  Hāpai i te Ora - Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group. It shares reflections on conversations and submissions the group received from New Zealanders about the criminal justice system. The advisory group heard many diverse views, including from people harmed by crime and people who have offended. The group also heard from their whānau and families, their communities and those who provide services within the system... Read more 
Stand by me: The story of Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women's Refuge
Venetia Sherson and Denise Irvine
Hamilton, New Zealand: Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women's Refuge, 2018
Summary: In more than 30 years, Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Womnen's Refuge has grown from a single-bedroom flat to a unique, multi-million dollar organisation that helps thousands of women each year. It is an inspirational story about two women - Roni Albert and Ariana Simpson - who have worked tirelessly since 1986 to give other women strength. This book celebrates the work... Read more 
Making complaints to the United Nations Disability Committee: A guide for New Zealanders
Office of the Ombudsman, DPO Coalition and Human Rights Commission
Wellington, New Zealand: Ombudsman, 2019

Summary: This guide provides information to disabled people and public sector organisations in New Zealand on the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD-OP). all these formats... Read more 
Supporting young people on remand to live successfully in the community
Office of the Children's Commissioner (Judge Andrew Becroft)
Wellington, New Zealand: Office of the Children's Commissioner, 2019
State of Care series, #7, May 2019

Summary: This overview report summarises the OCC's longer comprehensive workbook on "How Oranga Tamariki can enable young people on remand to live safely and successfully in their communities". These reports give pride of place to the voices of young people and their whānau, reflecting their experiences in the youth justice system... Read more 
New migrant parents: Understanding the experiences and attitudes of new migrant parents
Nadine Metzger, Tamati Ihaka, Elizabeth Cameron and Haiying Dong
Auckland, New Zealand : Point Research & Whanau Marama Parenting, 2018
Summary: This research aims to better understand the parenting practices of new migrants in Auckland's North Shore communities. Its primary use is to assist Whānau Marama Parenting, a parenting
programme provider in Glenfield, Auckland to understand whether they are meeting the needs of this group in terms of culturally appropriate information, support, and positive parenting skills... Read more 
Rapid evidence review to inform post-crisis support services for victims of sexual violence
Bridget Burmester
Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Social Development, 2019

Summary: This rapid evidence review was completed to provide the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) with a summary of the available evidence about the nature and effectiveness of post crisis support services for victims/survivors of sexual violence... Read more 
Women together: A history of women's organisations in New Zealand / Ngā Rōpü Wāhine o te Motu
Anne Else
New Zealand History (Online version), 2018

Summary: This important reference work was published in 1993 to mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. To mark the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in 2018, New Zealand History prepared an online version. The most relevant essays are included in the Clearinghouse database. See also the NZFVC Timeline


National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges, 1981 -
Written by Toni McCallum, updated by Kate Burry, 2018

National Collective of Rape Crisis and Related Groups of Aotearoa, 1986 - Written by Alexis Harvey, updated by Andrea Black and Anne Else, 2018  


Shakti Community Council Inc, 1995 - Written by Lynette Townsend, 2019


Te Kākano o te Whānau, 1986 - mid 1990s? Written by Tania Rei, 1993, to be updated 



Dissertations & theses
"Any evidence" in the Family Court
Caroline Hickman -
Dissertation: LLM, Victoria University of Wellington, 2017

Summary: This dissertation examines the origins and justification for the "any evidence" rule which has been a feature of New Zealand family law for many years. The rule provides judicial discretion to admit evidence in the Family Court which would be otherwise inadmissible. Its ongoing value has never been closely examined, although the rule has frequently been criticised.

Selected cases have been examined to determine if reliance on the Evidence Act without the "any evidence" rule would have the deleterious outcomes contemplated... Read more 
Collaboration with and for rural Māori with substance use and related problems 
Andre McLachlan
Thesis: PhD, University of Otago, Christchurch, 2017
Summary: Collaboration is argued to be a necessary process in the effective treatment of people experiencing substance use and related problems. The process of collaboration is proposed to guide practitioners within services to better work together to meet the needs of service users, and to coordinate and integrate other services in response to related health and social problems that may contribute to a range of further compounding complications. The lack of collaboration within and across addictions and mental health services, health and social services for Māori is of particular concern as Māori are disproportionately affected by substance use and related problems, particularly the social determinants of health.
This study utilises Kaupapa Māori Methodology within a case study design to explore
collaboration in the context of a rural community for Māori with experiences of substance use and related problems... Read more 
Women's everyday resistance to intimate partner violence
Alice Black
Thesis: Master of Science in Health Psychology, Massey University, Auckland, 2018

Summary: Aotearoa's rate of reported intimate partner violence (IPV) is among the highest in the OECD. Surviving IPV requires considerable strength and resilience. There is a large body of work exploring women's resistance to violence. However, this is often framed within a victim and agent dichotomy, which can obscure the variability of women's everyday experiences. In addition to understanding the more overt forms of resistance women enact against IPV, there is a need to focus on the everyday ways in which violence manifests and the subtle, imperfect ways in which women respond as they carry out their daily routines and practices. This thesis draws on both feminist research and literature on the conduct of everyday life from social psychology to explore how women navigate their daily lives ... Read more

Journal articles
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Couples-based approach to prevention of domestic violence: An innovative initiative in Aotearoa New Zealand
Charlotte Chisnell, Shajimon Peter, Raema Merchant, Tania Luscombe, Jen Tua

Social Work and Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory, 2019, 2(1), online
Summary: This paper presents an innovative model for community development interventions for the prevention of domestic violence and abuse and locates social change within neoliberal social, economic, ideological and political contexts. A first-of-its-kind couples-based whānau-centric (family-centred) family harm reduction programme titled Te Manu Tu Tuia (The Bird that Brings the Message) was implemented in the Hawke's Bay region of Aotearoa New Zealand... Read more 
Disguised compliance or undisguised nonsense? A critical discourse analysis of compliance and resistance in social work practice
Jadwige Leigh, Liz Beddoe and Emily Keddell

Families, Relationships and Societies, 2019, Advance online publication, 28 May 2019 
Summary: This article examines how the term 'disguised compliance' first emerged and developed into the popular catchphrase that is used in practice today. Using critical discourse analysis, the authors explore how language affects practice and how social workers draw on a predetermined concept to rationalise concerns relating to parental resistance. The authors contend that concepts such as disguised compliance are misleading as they do not improve social workers' abilities in detecting resistance or compliance... Read more 
Even when those struggles are not our own: Storytelling and solidarity in a feminist social justice organisation
Ruth Weatherall
Gender, Work & Organization, 2019, Advance online publication, 20 May 2019

Summary: This article draws on an 8 month ethnography in a feminist social justice organisation that supports survivors of domestic violence, and shares the storytelling practices that fostered solidarity. These storytelling practices stemmed from decades of decolonising work undertaken by Māori women to have their knowledge and ways of being equally integrated into the organisation... Read more 
Training and confidence in undertaking child protection work as reported by New Zealand paediatricians
Aimee Neels, Pat Tuohy and Dawn Elder on behalf of the Child Protection Clinical Network of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2019, Advance online publication, 29 May 2019
Summary: In New Zealand and rural Australia, general paediatricians undertake the majority of child protection (CP) medical assessments. This study aimed to document what New Zealand paediatricians think about their role in CP and their perceived preparedness for this work... Read more 
Papers in the Te Arotahi paper series, a series of think piece papers published by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM):
Care and protection of tamariki Māori in the family court system: Kaupapa Māori models now required to reduce disparities and measure outcomes
Tania Williams, Jacinta Ruru, Horiana Irwin-Easthope, Khylee Quince and Heather Gifford
Auckland, New Zealand: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, 2019
Te Arotahi paper, 01, May 2019
Summary: The government departmental and judicial system for making decisions about the care and protection of tamariki Māori when their whānau are in crisis needs urgent societal attention. A Kaupapa Māori approach is required to make the best use of the opportunities available in the recently amended legislation to avoid the further systemic undermining of Māori and their whānau... Read more 
Precariat Māori households today: The need to reorient policy to cultivate more humane understandings of whānau in need
Mohi Rua, Darrin Hodgetts, Ottilie Stolte, Delta King, Bill Cochrane, Thomas Stubbs, Rolinda Karapu, Eddie Neha, Kerry Chamberlain, Tiniwai Te Whetu, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Jarrod Harr and Shiloh Groot
Auckland, New Zealand: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, 2019

Te Arotahi paper, 02, May 2019
Summary: Aotearoa New Zealand is now the fifth most unequal economy in the OECD. To highlight the human cost of this situation, the concept of "the precariat" offers more informed and contextualised understandings of the situations of socio-economically marginalised people in Aotearoa. Significant societal and policy change is required for Māori whānau to be truly free from the cycle of precarity... Read more

Church responses to gender-based violence against women in Samoa
Includes: O le Tala ia Akara | The Story of Hagar O Le Tosoga Fa'amalosi O Tamara | The Rape of Tamar
Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko, Melanie Beres, Caroline Blyth, Ramona Boodoosingh, Tess Patterson, and David Tombs
Auckland: New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research, 2019

Summary: This report is in three main sections. The first section case-studies two group bible studies developed and piloted during the project to promote a deeper discussion on VAW. The bible studies are part of a larger bible study resource, which will be available in both English and Samoan, for work in this area. The second section
offers a background briefing on VAW in Samoa... Read more 
Responding to adverse childhood experiences: An evidence review of interventions to prevent and address adversity across the life course
Lisa C. G. Di Lemma, et al.
Cardiff: Public Health Wales & Bangor University, 2019

Summary: This report examines evidence across a variety of programmes responding to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The report looked at programmes and interventions for 11 individual ACE types, and ACEs as a collective term, to identify common approaches across programmes... Read more
Intersectionality 101
Olena Hankivsky
Vancouver, BC: Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, Simon Fraser University, 2014 Summary: Interest in and applications of intersectionality have grown exponentially in popularity over the last 15 years. Scholars across the globe from a variety of disciplines, including
sociology, political science, health sciences, geography, philosophy and anthropology, as well as in feminist studies, ethnic studies, queer studies and legal studies, have drawn on intersectionality to challenge inequities and promote social justice. The aim of this primer is to provide a clear-language guide to intersectionality; exploring its key elements and characteristics, how it is distinct from other approaches to equity, and how it can be applied in research, policy, practice and teaching... Read more 

Journal articles
Contact your local library for full text access to articles which are not freely available online

Fourteen-year trends in the criminal justice response to child sexual abuse reports in New South Wales
Judith Cashmore, Alan Taylor and Patrick Parkinson
Child Maltreatment, 2019, Advance online publication, 5 June 2019 

Summary: This study of attrition compares the prosecution of child sexual offenses reported while the complainant was still a child with those in which the report was delayed into adulthood; it also compares matters involving adult and young (under 18 years) suspects/defendants. It is based on an analysis of police and court administrative data in New South Wales, Australia over a 14-year period (2003-2016). Only one in five (21.6%) proceeded beyond the investigation stage... Read more 
Indigenous peoples' help-seeking behaviors for family violence: A scoping review
Renee Fiolet, Laura Tarzia, Mohajer Hameed and Kelsey Hegarty

Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 2019, Advance online publication, 30 May 2019
Summary: Indigenous peoples are more likely than non-Indigenous peoples to experience family violence (FV), with wide-reaching impacts on individuals, families, and communities. Despite this, service providers indicate that Indigenous peoples are less likely to seek support than non-Indigenous peoples. Little is known about the reasons for this, particularly from the perspective of Indigenous people themselves. In this scoping review, the authors explore the views Indigenous peoples have on help seeking for FV... Read more 
Incest survivors' life-narratives
Eli Buchbinder and Dalia Sinay

Violence Against Women, 2019, Advance online publication, 22 May 2019 
Summary: This article analyzes the narratives of survivors of father−daughter incest using 20 in-depth interviews with women, each asked to choose a title for her life-story and reflect on its meaning. Three narratives emerged... Read more
Overcrowded housing: One of a constellation of vulnerabilities for child sexual abuse
Rosemary L. Cant, Melissa O'Donnell, Scott Sims and Maria Harries
Child Abuse & Neglect, 2019, 93: 239-248

Summary: Effective prevention of child abuse depends on an understanding of factors associated with the abuse. Increased risk of child sexual abuse has been associated with parental substance use and adverse socio-economic factors such as living in poverty and parental unemployment. This study investigated overcrowding as a potential socio-economic risk factor in child sexual abuse taking into account other socio-economic, child and parental factors... Read more 
Patterns and usefulness of safety behaviors among community-based women survivors of intimate partner violence
Ginger C. Hanson, Jill Theresa Messing, Jocelyn C. Anderson, Jonel Thaller, Nancy A. Perrin and Nancy E. Glass

Journal of Intimate Partner Violence, 2019, Advance online publication, 4 June 2019
Summary: Women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) use a variety of safety strategies to reduce the frequency and severity of violence, including both informal and formal help-seeking. The purpose of this study was to identify patterns of engagement in safety behaviors by U.S. women from outside of formal service settings, examine which factors are associated with different patterns of use, and examine the perceived usefulness of safety strategies among women who used them... Read more 
An RCT of Dating Matters: Effects on teen dating violence and relationship behaviors
Phyllis Holditch Niolon, et al.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2019, In press 

Summary: This study examines whether the Dating Matters comprehensive prevention model, compared with a standard of care intervention, prevented negative relationship behaviors and promoted positive relationship behaviors. This US longitudinal, cluster-RCT compared the effectiveness of Dating Matters with standard of care across middle school. Standard of care was an evidence-based teen dating violence prevention curriculum (Safe Dates) implemented in eighth grade... Read more
Should community health workers offer support healthcare services to survivors of sexual violence? A systematic review
Anne Gatuguta, Barbra Katusiime, Janet Seeley, Manuela Colombini, Isaac Mwanzo and Karen Devries
BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2017, 17: 28

Summary: Quantitative and qualitative studies reporting on CHWs and other community-level paraprofessional volunteer services for sexual violence were eligible for inclusion. CHWs and sexual violence were defined according to WHO criteria... Read more 
Which violence against women educational strategies are effective for prequalifying health-care students? A systematic review
Dana Sammut, Jacqueline Kuruppu, Kelsey Hegarty and Caroline Bradbury-Jones
Trauma, Violence & Abuse, Advance online publication, 23 May 2019

Summary: Gender-based violence (GBV) is a global public health issue which disproportionately affects women. Health-care providers have an important role in recognizing and addressing GBV in practice, yet research suggests that the issue remains underrecognized, with many qualified professionals reporting lack of confidence and a sense of unpreparedness. Prequalifying GBV educational strategies are inconsistent in both quantity and quality worldwide, and to date, there has been no comprehensive review of those programs' effectiveness. This internationally focused literature review aimed to identify best educational practices in GBV for prequalifying health-care students...  Read more
In the news
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Changes under Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 in effect from 1 July 2019 - 28 Jun, 2019
A number of significant amendments to the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 (Children's...

Many calls for change to the Ministry of Children - Oranga Tamariki's practice...

On 1 July 2019, the Family Violence Act 2018 comes into force. This replaces...
New guidance on information sharing under the Family Violence Act 2018 and...

Budget 2019 was announced on 30 May 2019. The Budget included several areas of...

New online resource on animal cruelty and family violence - 27 Jun, 2019
The New Zealand SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has...

Out on the Shelves is a campaign that provides an opportunity to create more...

The final report of the panel examining the 2014 family justice system reforms...
The first report from Te Uepuu Hāpai i te Ora, the Safe and Effective Justice...

The Ministry of Social Development's (MSD) latest email update for family...

Elder Abuse Awareness Week ran from 15-22 June 2019, starting with World Elder...

New national sexual violence response service for ethnic communities - 5 Jun, 2019
Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre plans to develop a national specialist...
The Privacy Commissioner's report on the inquiry into the Ministry of Social...
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Dates throughout the year
Working Together for Vulnerable Kids  
Child Matters & Oranga Tamariki.
Free seminars throughout Aotearoa 
More Child Matters training:
Child Protection Studies Workshops 
- Dynamics of sexual abuse
- Identifying and responding to vulnerability and child abuse
 The impact of family violence on children
- 5 day training and Diploma block courses
Locations throughout Aotearoa. See website for details
10 July 2019 
Responding effectively to victims of domestic violence
Shine Introductory Training 
17 July 2019 
DVFREE Workshop: Creating Effective Domestic Violence Policy & Procedures
DVFREE Workplace: 'First Responder' Domestic Violence Training  Workshop full
Shine workshop and training
22 - 23 July 2019 *NEW*
Rock the Boat
National Elder Abuse Conference (Australia)
Brisbane, Australia
9th Biennial Conference
Brisbane, Australia
19 - 30 August & 11 - 22 November 2019 *UPDATED*
Block 1, Fiji 
Block 2, Melbourne, Australia
27 August 2019 *NEW*
DVFREE Workshop: Creating Effective Domestic Violence Policy & Procedures
27 - 28 August 2019  *UPDATED*
Tātou tātou e!: The value of relationships and building wellbeing 
1 - 4 September 2019
11 September 2019 
Responding effectively to victims of domestic violence
Shine Introductory Training 
Registration opens mid-June
8 - 9 October 2019 
Working with victims & offenders of domestic violence in multiple settings
Shine Advanced Training
21 - 24 October 2019 
SVRI Forum 2019 
Cape Town, South Africa
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

28 - 30 April 2020 *UPDATED*
National [United States] Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
Chicago, Illinois, United States 
Save the date. Call for abstracts closes 29 July 2019 (PST)

10-12 June 2020 *NEW*
Melbourne, Australia
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