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Issue 81
January 2019
In This Issue

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Happy New Year.

This month, we have published our latest Issues Paper, Using systems thinking to address intimate partner violence and child abuse in New Zealand
News, views and happenings in brief:
Open for submissions:
NZFVC team @Tāmaki Innovation Campus
University of Auckland.

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Resources for children and parents/ caregivers
The Clearinghouse has four new books for young children and parents/caregivers, about preventing child sexual abuse and about emotions. These Australian books are listed in New resources this month, at the beginning of the International section.

To find other resources in the library database, follow these links:
Resources for children 

Resources for parents/caregivers
For more information, please contact the Information Specialist or call (09) 923 4640.
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
Using systems thinking to address intimate partner violence and child abuse in New Zealand
Sarah Carne, David Rees, Nicola Paton and Janet Fanslow
Auckland: New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland, 2019
NZFVC Issues paper, no.13, January 2019
Key messages
  • Systems thinking is recommended to address intimate partner violence (IPV) and child abuse and neglect (CAN) in New Zealand.  
  • Systems thinking is an umbrella term that encompasses a range of ideas, methods and tools that focus on understanding system behaviour, emphasising the contextual nature of the problems we try to solve. It aims to affect transformational systemic change that is both sympathetic to existing needs and disruptive in terms of making changes aimed at positive outcomes... Read more  
2018 transitions cohort needs assessment: Results from Stage Two: 'High' and 'Very high' needs survey
Damian O'Neill and Rachael Jagger
Wellington, New Zealand: Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children, 2018

Summary: In order to inform the design and costing of options for the new Transition Support Service (TSS) operating from July 1 2019, Oranga Tamariki undertook a two-stage intelligence gathering exercise. The purpose of this exercise was to find out more about the 948 young people aged 15-17 years who were currently in the Custody of the Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki and had been or were likely to remain in care for three months or more... Read more 
Access to Services Trial: An evaluation of service brokerage and direct purchase through Gateway
Sue Carswell, Judy Paulin, Hector Kaiwai, Michele Lennan
Wellington, New Zealand: Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children, 2018
Summary: Access to Services (ATS) is a trial, attached to the Gateway Assessment system (Gateway), to better address the identified needs of tamariki and rangatahi in care, or at risk of coming into care. ATS introduces an 'enhanced' brokerage role by a specialist Service Lead and provides additional funding to enable direct purchasing of services where business as usual (BAU) public funding streams are exhausted or not available in a timely way... Read more
Best practice standards for a safe and appropriate culture and environment for law students employed in law firms
Agreed by the Deans of Law of the New Zealand Law Schools, 2018
Summary: The Deans of New Zealand's six law schools have developed a set of best practice standards for a safe and appropriate culture and environment for law students employed in law firms. The standards set five different expectations of law firms. The standards reflect the overriding expectation that law students are always treated appropriately... Read more 
Discursive psychology and domestic violence
Alison J. Towns and Peter J. Adams
In "Discourse, Peace and Conflict: Discursive psychology perspectives (pp.49-66)" edited by Stephen Gibson, Springer, 2018
Summary: This chapter explores ways in which discursive psychology sheds light on how language justifies, conceals and works to produce the dominance of men in intimate relationships. The authors demonstrate two ways language can be deployed to achieve these effects... Read more 
Health response to family violence: 2017 Violence Intervention Programme evaluation
Christine McLean, Jane Koziol-McLain and Moira Howson
Auckland, New Zealand: Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research, Auckland University of Technology, 2018

CITR report, 2018, no. 16
Summary: This report documents three VIP evaluation work streams: (1) DHB programme inputs (system infrastructure indicators); (2) DHB outputs (Snapshot clinical audits of service delivery); and (3) DHB improvements (based on Model for Improvement Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles). In this report we focus on DHB data for the two periods 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, and 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. During this period, DHBs implemented the updated Family Violence Assessment and Intervention Guideline: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence (2016)... Read more  
Living Standards analysis model: The first prototype
Anita King
Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Treasury, 2018

New Zealand Treasury Working Paper, 18/05, December 2018 
Summary: How do we understand the synergies and trade-offs of a given policy on area beyond that policy, such as the effect of housing on health and on income? How do we choose between policies in completely different areas, such as an education policy and a health policy? Treasury's Living Standards Framework provides one possible starting point, but it provides little assistance tracing the many dependencies between policy areas. A model that includes those dependencies could help. The Living Standards Analysis Model (LSAM) is designed to do this... Read more
Maiea te Türuapō. Fulfilling the vision: Supporting young people with at-risk behaviour to live successfully in their communities
Wellington: Office of the Children's Commissioner 
State of Care report, 2018
Summary: The State of Care series is based on the Office of the Children's Commissioner's independent monitoring of Oranga Tamariki policies, practices and services. It includes feedback from children and young people about their experiences. The focus for the 2018 State of Care is to support young people with at-risk behaviour to live successfully in their communities... Read more  
New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey: Topline report. March - September 2018 (Cycle 1)
Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Justice, 2018
Summary: This report provides high level insights and analysis of the New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey (NZCVS) results. This is a topline report. This means it offers timely, concise and succinct access to the main findings of the survey. Other reports will follow that explain the results of the survey in-depth. NZCVS replaces the New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey (NZCASS) which was run every three to four years. NZCVS will be run annually... Read more 
Parenting and pornography reports
These two reports are based on data from a three-country survey of parental attitudes to pornography.

Children's exposure to sexually explicit content: parents' awareness, attitudes and actions
Prepared by Edgar Pacheco and Neil Melhuish
Wellington, New Zealand: Netsafe, 2018

Summary: This report presents findings from a larger quantitative study about parenting, digital technologies and online risks. It focuses on parents and caregivers' awareness and attitudes regarding their child's exposure to sexually explicit content online. The study was conducted in New Zealand based on a nationally representative sample... Read more 
Parenting and pornography report: Findings from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Summary report
Office of the eSafety Commissioner (eSafety Research) in partnership with Netsafe, UK Safer Internet Centre and Online Safety with Plymouth University
Sydney, NSW: Office of the eSafety Commissioner, 2018
Summary: This short report presents the findings of this joint research effort on parental attitudes to pornography. In the past, the majority of international research focused on three points: children's access, exposure to, and views of pornography and how this can affect their sexual identity development, sexual health, and mental health. Parents' attitudes and views about their children's experiences around pornography had not been comprehensively reviewed... Read more  
The power of four: Lessons from the VOYCE collaboration
Auckland, New Zealand: Centre for Social Impact, 2018
Summary: This report presents the story of and lessons learned from a collaboration between four philanthropic funders that led to the establishment of VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai. VOYCE is an independent charitable trust for children and young people in foster care. The funders harnessed 'the power of four' to generate significant change in the foster care system... Read more 
The report of the New Zealand Law Society Working Group to enable better reporting, prevention, detection, and support in respect of sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and other inappropriate workplace behaviour within the legal profession
Wellington: New Zealand Law Society, 2018
Summary: This report was prepared by a five-person independent working group established by the law Society in March and chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright. The report identifies a range of problems with the current reporting regime and concludes that the regulatory mechanisms and processes are not effectively designed for dealing with complaints about sexual violence, harassment, discrimination and bullying... Read more
Sharing information safely: Summary of feedback: Guidance on sharing personal information under the Family Violence Act 2018
Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Justice, 2019
SummaryThis report summarises the feedback from the consultation with the family violence sector on draft information sharing guidelines... Read more
Te Toka Tümoana: Supporting the navigation of indigenous wellbeing in colonised waters
Leonie Pihama
Presentation to IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress 2018, Tāmaki Mākaurau, Auckland, 1-3 November, 2018

Summary: This paper challenges you to think deeply about how you engage with Māori and Indigenous Peoples in this sector, how you consider the historical, colonial and intergenerational trauma that impacts on Māori communities... Read more  
What to do: A guide for sex workers who have experienced sexual assault
Wellington: New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective and New Zealand Police, 2018

Summary: Police and the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective (NZPC) have joined forces to develop this guide to help sex workers understand what support is available if they're sexually assaulted. The booklet contains information such as: the definition of sexual assault; the right to safety at work; what to do if you or a friend are sexually assaulted; and the options available, including how reporting to Police works... Read more
Journal articles
Contact your local library for full text access to articles which are not freely available online

An affront to her Mana: Young Māori mothers' experiences of intimate partner violence
Simran Dhunna, Beverley Lawton and Fiona Cram
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2018, Advance online publication, 17 December 2018
Summary: Young Māori mothers in Aotearoa/New Zealand are disproportionately vulnerable to intimate partner violence (IPV) due to multiple intersecting factors, such as relationship dynamics during youth, pregnancy, and racialized Māori (Indigenous) identity. An enduring legacy of settler colonialism has resulted in Māori being overrepresented as victims and perpetrators of violence. IPV, in particular, leads to adverse social, mental, and health outcomes over time, including those specific to mothers (e.g., postpartum depression, miscarriage). This study analyzed six narrative interviews with young Māori mothers aged 14 to 19 from the E Hine longitudinal maternal health care study. Kaupapa Māori (by Māori, for Māori) was the primary research framework... Read more  
"For me it was normal": Some initial findings from the family violence perpetrator study
Bronwyn Morrison and Marianne Bevan
Practice: the New Zealand Corrections Journal, 2018, 6(2). Open access 

Summary: In 2017/18 over 10,000 people started Corrections' managed sentences where the lead offence was family violence. In August 2018, 26.5% of the current prison muster were serving sentences for family violence offences. Family violence is therefore a key area of focus for the Department. Despite a plethora of research on family violence over the past decade, comparatively little attention has focused specifically on family violence perpetrators. Launched in 2017, the family violence perpetrator research project started to address these gaps... Read more  
The development of the Kimihia Violence Prevention programme: An offence focused programme for women with high and complex needs
Emma Appleyard
Practice: the New Zealand Corrections Journal, 2018, 6(2). Open access

Summary: The Kimihia Violence Prevention Programme is a rehabilitation programme aimed at assisting women with high and complex needs to address their offending behaviour. It was developed in response to the increased numbers of women being convicted of serious offending and given custodial sentences. The programme has a violence prevention focus and is suitable for those women whose risk, complex personality features and behaviours would prevent them from attending other established women's programmes such as Kowhiritanga. The programme is facilitated by two psychologists.... Read more 
Development and implementation of trauma-informed training for women's corrections facilities in Aotearoa New Zealand
Kirsty Dempster-Rivett
Practice: the New Zealand Corrections Journal, 2018, 6(2). Open access

Summary: In 2017, the Department launched a four-year Women's Strategy, Wahine - E rere ki te Pae Hou. The Strategy acknowledges that the majority of women managed by the Department of Corrections have chronic histories of trauma as evidenced by recent research. This article summarises the one-day pilot training package that has been delivered to all women's prisons in Aotearoa New Zealand... Read more
The Good Lives Model: New avenues for Māori rehabilitation?
Nathan Leaming and Gwenda M. Willis
Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 2016, 7(1): 59-69

Summary: Psychological treatment programs targeting sexual, violent and general offending can only be effective to the extent that clients are engaged in treatment. Beyond the obvious issues inherent in engaging clients in a program that they may feel coerced into, engaging Māori clients presents additional challenges. In response to the well documented over-representation of Māori people in New Zealand prisons, attempts have been made to integrate Māori ideas and practices into the operation of treatment programs for offenders... Read more 
Inter-agency alignment of family violence programmes
Victoria Nicholson
Practice: the New Zealand Corrections Journal, 2018, 6(2). Open access

Summary: An integrated and effective system for addressing family violence that is aligned across government agencies is key to ensuring positive outcomes for families/whānau affected by family violence... Read more
Intergenerational sexual violence and whānau in Aotearoa/ New Zealand: Pedagogies of contextualisation and transformation
Hayley Marama Cavino
Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 2016, 7(1): 4-17
Summary: This article elaborates a pedagogy of decolonising healing and recovery undertaken as part of research work into the political and historical contextualisation of intergenerational sexual violation. Specifically, the work is an articulation of the politics of interpersonal violence impacting Māori whanau in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Contextualising interpersonal sexual violation in this context requires a focus on colonisation's impact vis-à-vis the breakdown of systems of social control, changes to the family, and shifts in gender relations precipitated through loss of proximity to land and collective/public modes of living. .. Read more 
"It's an invisible wound": The disenfranchised grief of post-separation mothers who lose care time
Vivienne Elizabeth
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 2018, Advance online publication, 3 December 2018
Summary: This paper enriches understandings of the implications of contemporary custody law for mothers and their children. It does so through a discussion of mothers' grief and emotional pain over involuntarily losing care time with children. Mothers involuntarily lose care time by becoming non-resident parents against their will or by having a shared care parenting order imposed on them... Read more 
Sexual harassment and assault on campus: What can Aotearoa New Zealand learn from Australia's 'Respect. Now. Always.' initiative
Carisa R. Showden
Women's Studies Journal, 2018, 32(1/2): 73 - 80. Open access 

Summary: On 4 September 2018, the University of Auckland hosted a hui on preventing and responding to sexual assault and harassment on university campuses. The hui was organised by the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA), and included speakers from the University of Sydney and Universities Australia. The speakers outlined new initiatives recently launched across the tertiary sector in Australia. After explaining the 'Respect. Now. Always.' and 'Safer Communities' initiatives, this report considers lessons the Aotearoa New Zealand tertiary sector could learn from them... Read more 
Surveys, social licence and the Integrated Data Infrastructure
Pauline Gulliver, Monique Jonas, Janet Fanslow, Tracey McIntosh and Debbie Waayer

Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 2018, 30(3): 57-71. Open access
Summary: Statistics New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) is a central repository for researchers to access multiple government agency datasets. The aim of this investigation was to understand social licence for including survey data in the IDI. Two convenience samples were recruited: (1) participants in one of 10 focus groups; and (2) respondents to pilot surveys for the 2018 NZ census or a population-based survey on violence experience. Qualitative data were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. Analyses were conducted independently by two members of the research team and results compared... Read more 
Underreporting sexual violence among 'ethnic' migrant women: Perspectives from Aotearoa/New Zealand
Setayesh Rahmanipour, Shannon Kumar and Rachel Simon-Kumar

Culture, Health and Sexuality, 2019, Advance online publication, 2 January 2019 
Summary: In Aotearoa/New Zealand, sexual violence within minority ethnic communities is endemic, but grossly underreported. This paper presents the results of two small-scale qualitative studies that explored key issues in the underreporting of sexual violence. In-depth interviews were undertaken with key informants including academics, specialist sexual violence practitioners and community/social workers. The study identified two main factors that led to underreporting: first, internalised barriers as a result of a 'white' and 'male' gaze; and second, the cultural relativitism of meanings of violence... Read more  
Workers' constructions of the "good" and "bad" advocate in a domestic violence agency
Ang Jury, Natalie Thorburn and Ruth Weatherall

Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 2018, 42(3): 318 - 326 
Summary: Grassroots activist organizations are heavily reliant on workers' willingness and commitment to give of themselves. Organization expectations accordant with this are often embedded with organizational cultures and climates, which then tend to reinforce behaviors that threaten sustainable well-being. To find out how this might manifest in our own grassroots, domestic violence-focused agency, the authors surveyed 111 workers and interviewed 12. Pervasive cultural norms of selflessness and toughness led to a collective construction of what constitutes "good" advocates and "bad" advocates... Read more 
The ABC kids book of feelings
Helen Martin, Judith Simpson and Cheryl Orsini
Sydney, NSW: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017

Summary: This picture book celebrates feelings - emotional and physical, joyful and challenging. It invites young children to share their experiences with family, friends and carers... Read more
Body safety education: A parents' guide to protecting kids from sexual abuse
Written by Jayneen Sanders
Upload Publishing, 2015
Summary: A step-by-step guide for parents and carers on how to protect children from sexual abuse through personal body safety education. This guide contains simple, practical and age-appropriate ideas, as well as important information on how abusers groom... Read more  
My body! What I say goes! A book to empower and teach children about personal body safety, feelings, safe and unsafe touch, private parts, secrets and surprises, consent, and respectful relationships
Written by Jayneen Sanders; illustrated by Anna Hancock
Educate2Empower Publishing, 2016 
Summary: In this book children will learn empowering and crucial skills in personal body safety. There are discussion questions at the end of the book... Read more 
No means no! Teaching children about personal boundaries, respect and consent; empowering kids by respecting their choices and their right to say, "No!"
Written by Jayneen Sanders; illustrated by Cherie Zamazing
Upload Publishing, 2015

Summary: This book is intended to empower young children so they can grow up empowered adults. When a child, teenager or adult says "No!" to any form of coercion this should be immediately respected... Read more  
Developing the power to say no more to violence against women: An investigation into family and domestic violence primary prevention programs in South Australia and the Northern Territory
Jonathon Louth, Tanya Mackay & Ian Goodwin-Smith
Adelaide, SA: Australian Centre for Community Services Research, Flinders University, 2018
Summary: This report is a deep qualitative investigation of the Northern Territory-based NO MORE program and the South Australian Power to End Violence Against Women programs. Incorporating a research partnership between Centacare Catholic Family Services, CatholicCare NT, Power Community Limited, and the Australian Centre for Community Services Research, this comprehensive report provides an exploration of two primary prevention programmes... Read more 
Engaging men and boys to end violence in the family: Toolkit
Gananoque, ON: Canadian Council of Muslim Women, 2016

Summary: This toolkit provides resources to support communities to inspire, encourage, and engage men and boys to end violence against women and girls. These activities have been organized into four modules:
1. Unlearning patriarchy and exploring links to violence against women and girls; 
2. Questioning gender norms and stereotypes; 
3. Fostering healthy relationships; and 4. Effective intervention strategies.. Read more 
Gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Baseline and pathways for transformative change by 2030
ADB - UN Women Core Report Team
Bangkok, Thailand : ADB; UN Women, 2018
Summary: This publication provides the first Sustainable Development Goal assessment of the situation of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific based on data from official sources. The report establishes a baseline for governments and policy makers to monitor and accelerate progress towards gender equality commitments in the SDGs... Read more 
Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy
Julia Unwin
Dunfermline, UK: Carnegie UK Trust, 2018
Summary: This report argues for a different way of thinking. It seeks to explore the big issues of kindness and emotion in public policy. Why does it matter? What gets in the way? And what are the risks of continuing to ignore and marginalise our emotional intelligence?... Read more
Journal articles
Contact your local library for full text access to articles which are not freely available online.
Childhood maltreatment and adult suicidality: A comprehensive systematic review with meta-analysis
Ioannis Angelakis, Emma Louise Gillespie and Maria Panagioti
Psychological Medicine, 2018, Advance online publication, 22 November 2018 (Open access) 

Summary: This comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis aims to quantify the association between different types of childhood maltreatment and suicidality... Read more
Denying rape culture: A response to Luke Gittos
Johanna Stiebert
Women's Studies Journal, 2018, 32(1/2): 63 - 72. Open access

SummaryThe concept of rape culture has been firmly established in feminist discourse since the 1970s. This paper examines and challenges the arguments of rape culture deniers, with particular emphasis on one prominent UK representative, Luke Gittos, author of Why rape culture is a dangerous myth: From Steubenville to Ched Evans (2015)... Read more 
Experiences of intimate partner violence among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender college students: The intersection of gender, race, and sexual orientation
Darren L. Whitfield, Robert W. S. Coulter, Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder and Daniel Jacobson
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2018, Advance online publication, 19 November 2018 

Summary: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) college students experience disproportionate rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) compared with their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. Some studies report rates of IPV among lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students as high as 50%, and 9 times greater among transgender students compared with their cisgender peers. Few studies have investigated the impact of intersectional identity on experiencing different types of IPV, such as emotional, physical, and sexual IPV. The present study utilized the National College Health Assessment-II from 2011 to 2013 (n = 88,975) to examine the differences in types of IPV among college students based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and the intersection of these two identities... Read more
Harm from known others' drinking by relationship proximity to the harmful drinker and gender: A meta-analysis across 10 countries
Oliver Stanesby et al.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2018, 42(9): 1693-1703 
Summary: Data about alcohol's harms to others from national/regional surveys from 10 countries were used. Gender-stratified random-effects meta-analysis compared the likelihood of experiencing each, and at least 1, of 7 types of alcohol-related harm in the last 12 months, between those who identified someone in close proximity to them (a partner, family member, or household member) and those who identified someone from an extended relationship as the most harmful drinker (MHD) in their life in the last 12 months. Women were most likely to report a close male MHD, while men were most likely to report an extended male MHD... Read more 
Longitudinal changes in self-efficacy, mental health, abuse, and stages of change, for women fearful of a partner: Findings from a primary care trial (WEAVE)
Sonia A. Reisenhofer, Kelsey Hegarty, Jodie Valpied, Lyndsey F. Watson, Mary-Ann Davey and Angela Taft
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2019, 34(2): 337-365

Summary: Women seeking healthcare while experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) often report a mismatch between healthcare received and desired. An increase in detection of women experiencing IPV through routine screening has not consistently shown a parallel increase in uptake of referrals or decreased abuse. This study investigates relationships between women's stage of change (SOC), mental health, abuse, social support, and self-efficacy. This study used data from a randomized-controlled trial (RCT) of an intervention to improve outcomes for women afraid of their partners (n = 225; WEAVE)... Read more  
Problematic pornography use and physical and sexual intimate partner violence perpetration among men in batterer intervention programs
Meagan J. Brem et al.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2018, Advance online publication, 21 November 2018 

Summary: Recent decades witnessed a surge in pornography use, contributing to what some researchers referred to as problematic pornography use (PPU; excessive, compulsive, and uncontrollable pornography use). Informed by cognitive scripts theory, cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimental research spanning several decades documented a positive association between men's pornography use and physical and sexual violence perpetration. However, there is a paucity of research investigating pornography use broadly, and PPU specifically, among men who perpetrate intimate partner violence (IPV). The present cross-sectional study investigated the association... Read more 
Providing and receiving sexual assault disclosures: Findings from a sexually diverse sample of young adults
Sarah Koon-Magnin and Corina Schulze
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2019, 34(2): 416-441 
Summary: This study utilized a sample of primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ)-identified young adults from across the United States to pilot test a new instrument, the Reactions Provided to Disclosures Questionnaire (RPDQ), and assess the disclosure experience for both those who provide and those who receive disclosures of sexual assault. Read more
Research briefing: Violence against women in Samoa
Ramona Boodoosingh, Melanie Beres and David Tombs
Women's Studies Journal, 2018, 32(1/2): 33 - 56. Open access 

Summary: This research briefing provides information about the context of violence against women (VAW) in Samoa. It explores the social, cultural, and religious systems that serve to sustain the nation's high rates of VAW, including local governance structures and the gender roles inherent within them. There is particular focus on the role of the Christian church in Samoa... Read more 
Research report: Tatala le ta'ui le Atua: Rolling out the fine mat of scripture
Caroline Blyth

Women's Studies Journal, 2018, 32(1/2): 57-62. Open access
Summary: This report outlines some of the research carried out by members of the project, 'Tatala le ta'ui le Atua: Rolling out the fine mat of scripture', funded by the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research. The project (which took place between 2017 and 2018) asked how Samoan churches can best participate in wider efforts to tackle the country's high rates of violence against women... Read more 
Trauma and psychotic experiences: Transnational data from the World Mental Health Survey
John J. McGrath, Sukanta Saha, Carmen C.W. Lim and Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola
British Journal of Psychiatry, 2017, 211(6): 373-380 

Summary: To investigate the associations between traumatic events and subsequent psychotic experience onset after adjusting for post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental disorders, the authors assessed 29 traumatic event types and psychotic experiences from the World Mental Health surveys and examined the associations of traumatic events with subsequent psychotic experience onset with and without adjustments for mental disorders....Read more 
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The Independent Panel reviewing the 2014 Family Court reforms is running a...

New resource translates common family violence terms; vigil for Xi Wang - 30 Jan, 2019
The Ministry of Justice has released handouts that provide translations of...

New from NZFVC: Using systems thinking to address IPV and CAN - 30 Jan, 2019
The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse has today published Issues Paper...

Calls for NZ Cricket to address sexual violence concerns - 22 Jan, 2019
Calls have been made for New Zealand Cricket to address concerns about sexism...

MSD consulting on Māori strategy and action plan - 22 Jan, 2019
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is seeking feedback on a draft Māori...

Members of Te Rōpü Māori advisory group announced - 16 Jan, 2019
In December 2018, the members of the newly formed Māori advisory group Te Rōpü...

Changes proposed to Social Workers Registration Legislation bill - 10 Jan, 2019
In December 2018 Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, announced...

First results available from new annual crime survey - 10 Jan, 2019
The Ministry of Justice has published the first results from the New Zealand...
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Child Matters & Oranga Tamariki. Free seminars 
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1 - 2 February 2019 *NEW*
Family Violence Prevention Training Programme
Pasefika Proud
5 February 2019 *NEW*
Safer Internet Day 2019
Aotearoa and International 
5 February 2019
Engaging with trauma
SSPA workshop 

5 - 6 February 2019
Melbourne, Australia

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

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

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

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

12 February 2019 *NEW*
Compassion and Transformation: Family Harm Symposium

15 February 2019 
SSPA workshop

18 February 2019 *NEW*
The Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group - Te Uep ü  Hāpai i te Ora
Public conversation session

19 February 2019
Child Protection Level 1
Safeguarding Children seminar

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

1-2 March 2019 
Pasefika Proud
Hawkes Bay

3 March 2019 *NEW*
Children's Day
Around Aotearoa New Zealand
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6 - 8 March 2019 
O le Tōfā Mamao
- Samoan Family Violence Prevention Training

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes
Hawkes Bay

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

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

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

22 March 2019 
SSPA workshop
New Plymouth  

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


4 - 6 April 2019
Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

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

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

11-13 April 2019 *NEW*
6th Annual National Pacific Island Violence Prevention Conference 2019
West Valley City, Utah, United States 
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 
Türanga Maori
- Cook Islands Family Violence Prevention Training

Pasefika Proud ethnic specific programmes

9 - 11 May 2019 
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
Save the date. 
27 - 28 June 2019 *NEW*
Celebrating 20 Years of Family Start conference
Call for abstracts closes 15 March 2019
24 - 26 July 2019 *NEW*
Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse
9th Biennial Conference
Brisbane, Australia 
1-4 September 2019 *NEW*
3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence
Oslo, Norway 
Call for abstracts closes 1 February 2019
12 - 13 Sep 2019 *NEW*
SVDV Conference - National Coalition of Domestic Violence Specialist Service Providers
Save the date. Call for abstracts open
21 - 24 October 2019 *UPDATED* 
SVRI Forum 2019 
Cape Town, South Africa

5 - 8 November 2019 *UPDATED*
Kaohsiung, Taiwan