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Issue 90
November/December 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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The Clearinghouse is now settled in our new location in the brand new Building 507 at the University of Auckland's Grafton campus. This is our final Pānui for the year and as always, it is packed with plenty to read, mull over and act on. The next Pānui will be published in January 2020. Please see our holiday closure dates below. We wish all our readers a safe and happy break.

NZFVC team @Grafton Campus
University of Auckland
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Holiday closure

We are taking a holiday break.  
Our last work day for this year is
Wednesday 18 December 2019.

The office will reopen on Monday 13 January 2020.  
If you need contact details over the break,
you can  find support services here 
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

Addressing sexual violence for ethnic communities: Prevention - general
Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre Trust, 2019

Discussion document 1 of 4, August 2019
Summary: The Connections! Hui brought together just over 100 ethnic community organisers and therapists to talk about sexual violence prevention and responses for ethnic communities. This discussion paper reports on the first session: a general discussion about preventing sexual violence for ethnic communities... Read more 
Addressing sexual violence for ethnic communities: Prevention - responses from specific communities
Discussion document 2 of 4, October 2019

Summary: This paper includes summarised discussions from 11 tables, including from groups identifying as refugee, migrant, rainbow, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Indian, Filipino, Latin American, Asian and African. Each of these discussions occurred in contexts where the participants shared an aspect of difference and had some common values, language and understandings... Read more 
Addressing sexual violence for ethnic communities: Responding when harm has occurred
Discussion document 3 of 4, November 2019
Summary: This discussion paper reports on the third session of the Connections! Hui: responses to sexual violence, including early interventions, responding to disclosures from children and dealing with perpetrators... Read more 
Addressing sexual violence for ethnic communities: Principles and practices for a new service
Discussion document 4 of 4, November 2019
Summary: This discussion paper reports on the fourth and final session of the Connections! Hui: Principles and Practices for a new sexual violence response service for ethnic communities...Read more 
Attrition and progression: Reported sexual violence victimisations in the criminal justice system
Ministry of Justice, 2019
Summary: This research quantifies the proportion of reported sexual violence victimisations that currently progress through the justice system to a conviction... Read more
Expert and public narratives on crime in New Zealand: Gaps and opportunities to communicate reform
Jess Berentson-Shaw and Marianne Elliott
Wellington: The Workshop, 2019
Summary: This paper reports on the first phase of a larger research project looking at how to reframe the public conversation about crime and justice in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this report, the authors summarise research they have undertaken to understand how experts understand and frame criminal justice, how the public also does so, and where the opportunities for building new, more effective narratives may lie... Read more 
Topical report: Highly victimised people.
New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey, March - September 2018 (Cycle 1)
Ministry of Justice.
Summary: This report provides a statistical picture of the most highly victimised four percent of New Zealand adults, those who experienced four or more criminal incidents within a 12-month period... Read more 
New Zealand Property Relationship survey 2019
Wellington: Grant Thornton New Zealand and New Zealand Law Society, 2019

Summary: The 2019 New Zealand Relationship Property Survey asked family lawyers about issues and trends impacting both their practice of relationship property law and the people they advise... Read more
Professional Practice Group practice review into the Hastings case
Shayne Walker on behalf of Review Oversight Group, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children
Summary: In early May 2019, the attempted removal of a baby from [redacted] mother's care in Hastings by Oranga Tamariki attracted significant public scrutiny and criticism. In response to these events, the Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki commissioned a Practice Review... Read more
Wāhine Māori: Keeping safe in unsafe relationships
Denise Wilson, Alayne Mikahere-Hall, Juanita Sherwood, Karina Cootes and Debra Jackson
Auckland: Taupua Waiora Research Centre, AUT, 2019
Summary: The E 
Tü  Wāhine, E  Tü  Whānau project is research undertaken  with wāhine Māori, kuia and kaumātua, key informants, rangatahi Māori (young wāhine Māori) and tāne Māori (Māori men). The researchers' aim was to understand better the realities of wāhine Māori living with partner violence, from their perspective... Read more 
Specialist Māori Roles (SMR): Synthesis of recent evidence and insights
Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children, 2019

Summary: Oranga Tamariki sites have responded to the need for better engagement and cultural practices with tamariki and whānau Māori in a range of ways including the trial of Māori Specialist Roles either within Oranga Tamariki or through contracting with iwi or Māori organisation(s). This synthesis is concerned with roles that are directly linked to the Enhancing Tamariki and Whānau Participation in Decision Making programme of work in the care and protection and youth justice systems (inclusive of care). The synthesis was informed by the following four research reports... Read more

Iwi-led care and protection Family Group Conference evaluation summary report

Talking about family violence [Video clips on YouTube]
Ministry of Justice, 2019

Summary: Men and women speak candidly about their experiences of family violence in a suite of 11 videos now available on the Ministry of Justice YouTube channel. The video clips replace the 2 DVD set available since 2010... Read more

Hōkai Rangi: Ara Poutama Aotearoa Strategy 2019 - 2024
Ara Poutama Aotearoa | Department of Corrections, 2019
Summary: Hōkai Rangi represents a new strategic direction for Ara Poutama Aotearoa: one that builds on the good things that are already happening, learns from doing, and, most importantly, innovates to find new and alternative ways of doing things to achieve bettter outcomes with Māori and their whānau... Read more 
Pacific prosperity: Our people, our solutions, our future
Ministry of Social Development's Pacific Strategy and Action Plan
Summary: Pacific Prosperity, the Ministry of Social Development's Pacific Strategy and Action Plan, focuses on providing opportunities for the Ministry to respond to the changing context of Pacific peoples in New Zealand. Available in English and eight Pacific languages... Read more
Journal articles
Contact your local library for full text access to articles which are not freely available online

The associations between cultural identity and mental health outcomes for indigenous Māori youth in New Zealand
Ashlea D. Williams, Terryann C. Clark and Sonia Lewycka
Frontiers in Public Health, Online publication, 13 November 2019
Summary: This study aims to explore the relationships between Māori cultural identity, ethnic discrimination and mental health outcomes for Māori youth in New Zealand drawing on data from the Youth '12 survey... Read more

Fostering the family, not just the child: Exploring the value of a residential family preservation programme from the perspectives of service users and staff
C.M. Rapsey and Cassandra J. Rolston
Child and Youth Services Review, Advance online publication, 7 November 2019
Summary: The aim of this study was to examine factors and processes of change that occurred through participation in a residential family preservation/reunification programme from the perspectives of service users and staff. The authors conducted in-depth interviews and a focus group with 12 service users and staff from one programme in Aotearoa/New Zealand... Read more

Indigeneity matters: Portrayal of women offenders in New Zealand newspapers
Antje Deckert
Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, Advance online publication, 9 September 2019
Summary: A growing body of research investigates women's experiences within New Zealand's criminal justice system, and several studies have addressed the misrepresentation of crime's reality in news media. However, the discriminatory depiction of Indigenous women offenders in New Zealand's press has yet to receive scholarly attention. Indigeneity and gender are both critical factors because Māori women constitute the fastest growing segment of New Zealand's prison population, and media discourses help shape public consent to penal policies... Read more

LGBTQI experiences of seeking help and justice in the wake of sexual harm
David L. Hare
Women's Studies Journal, 33(1/2): 25-32
Summary: Within Aotearoa/New Zealand's justice system and help-providing professions, little is known or understood about LGBTQI experiences of sexual harm. In this research report, which is based on research the author conducted as part of a Masters of Public Policy... Read more 

An evaluation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect: Report from the Accomplishments of the Domestic Violence Hotline, Online Connections, and Text Project
Karen A., et al.
Washington, DC: Administration for Children and Families ,US Department of Health and Human Services 2018
Summary: The purpose of this project is to evaluate the services provided by the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) and loveisrespect (LIR) help line... Read more 

Domestic violence offenders, prior offending and reoffending in Australia
Shann Hulme, Anthony Morgan and Hayley Boxall
Canberra, ACT: Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, no. 580, September 2019
Summary: Developing effective strategies to reduce domestic violence offending requires an understanding of perpetrator characteristics, offending patterns and recidivism. This study consolidates the Australian evidence base through a systematic review of 39 quantitative studies that examined domestic violence offending and reoffending... Read more 

Predicting repeat domestic violence: Improving police risk assessment
Christopher Dowling and Anthony Morgan
Canberra, ACT: Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, no. 581, October 2019
Summary: This study examines how accurately the Family Violence Risk Assessment Tool (FVRAT) predicts repeat domestic violence. The FVRAT is a 37-item tool used by police in the ACT to inform their responses to domestic violence... Read more

The man box: A study on being a young man in Australia
The Men's Project (Hannah Irvine, Michael Livingstone) and Michael Flood
Melbourne, Vic: Jesuit Social Services, 2018
Summary: The Man Box is the first study that focuses on the attitudes to manhood and the behaviours of young Australian men aged 18 to 30... Read more 

Men in focus: Unpacking masculinities and engaging men in the prevention of violence against women
Melbourne, Vic: Our Watch, 2019
Summary: In line with existing research on the prevention of violence against women, this review found there are differences in how men and women perpetrate and/or experience violence, with the majority of violent acts - including physical, sexual, financial, emotional and cultural forms of violence - overwhelmingly perpetrated by men. Women who experience structural inequality and other forms of discrimination, such as racism, classism, ableism, homophobia and colonialism, are most likely to experience violence at the hands of men and suffer severe impacts due to this violence. These findings highlight the importance of further developing and implementing work that focuses on men and masculinities in efforts to prevent violence against women... Read more 

Respect women: Preventing violence against women
Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2019
Summary: Violence against women is a major public health problem rooted in gender inequality, and is a gross violation of women's human rights affecting the lives and health of millions of women and girls. Aiming to end violence against women, a package/framework with infographics on prevention of violence against women - RESPECT - Preventing violence against women: A framework for policymakers, was developed, based on the UN framework for action to prevent violence against women from 2015 and updated new evidence... Read more

What works to prevent sexual violence against children: Evidence review
Together for Girls (D. Ligiero, C. Hart, E. Fulu, A. Thomas and L. Radford)
Summary: Together for Girls, in partnership with The Equality Institute and the Oak Foundation, undertook a systematic review of proven solutions and best practices to prevent and respond to sexual violence against children and youth (SVAC)... Read more 

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

From hoping to help: Identifying and responding to suicidality amongst victims of domestic abuse 
Vanessa E. Munro and Ruth Aitken

International Review of Victimology, 2020, 26(1): 29-49
Summary: This article analyses findings from a large-scale study conducted in England and Wales into the prevalence of, and mediators and moderators of risk in relation to, suicidality amongst victims of domestic abuse. The authors tracked (disclosed) experiences of suicidal ideation or suicide within a sample of more than 3,500 domestically abused adults and explored factors that appeared to be correlated with a presence of suicidality amongst this constituency... Read more
Making feminism count: Integrating feminist research principles in large-scale quantitative research on violence against women and girls
Loksee Leung, Stephanie Miedema, Xian Warner, Sarah Homan and Emma Fulu
Gender & Development, 2019, 27(3): 427-447

Summary: Applying a feminist approach to research on ending violence against women and girls (VAWG) is critical because gender inequality is an underlying driver of VAWG, and feminist research aims to empower women and girls, as well as challenge prevailing inequalities through the research process itself. In this article, the authors explore how researchers could practically reconcile an explicitly feminist undertaking, like ending VAWG, when accepted research practices within this field employ methods that are historically not informed by feminist praxis... Read more
In the news
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Calls for States to ratify international convention on violence and harassment at work - 11 Dec 2019

New Disability Action Plan outlines cross-government work - 11 Dec 2019

Submissions open on Sexual Violence Legislation Bill - 9 Dec 2019 (Submissions close 31 January 2020)

Submissions open on Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill - 9 Dec 2019 (Submissions closed 11 December 2019)

Submissions open on legislation to reform public service - 7 Dec 2019 (Submissions close 31 January 2020)

New Ministry of Justice report on sexual violence and attrition in the criminal justice system - 3 Dec 2019

Family violence and sexual violence service provider updates - MSD, Oct and Nov 2019 - 27 Nov 2019

Joint Venture November 2019 update - 26 Nov 2019

White Ribbon Day 2019 and 16 days of activism against gender based violence - 25 Nov 2019

Government consulting on whether to introduce Firearms Prohibition Orders - 25 Nov 2019 (Submissions close 13 January 2020)

Ministry for Children - Oranga Tamariki: Waitangi Tribunal to conduct - urgent inquiry; internal practice review findings released - 19 Nov 2019

Abuse in care inquiry: new Chair, first public hearings, submissions open on redress - 18 Nov 2019

The Clearinghouse is moving campuses, to Grafton - 13 Nov 2019

Historical trauma and whānau violence webinar: recording now available - 7 Nov 2019

New Backbone Collective survey open on longer term support and services - 5 Nov 2019 (Survey closed 1 December 2019)
Click on the link for event details. Check for recently added  events 
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
17 December 2019 *NEW*
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Community Research webinar
23 - 25 January 2020 
Pasefika Proud

10 - 28 February 202 *NEW*
11 February 2020 
13 - 15 February 2020  
Pasefika Proud
18 February 2020 *NEW*
26 February 2020 *NEW*
UC Connect public talk: A cross-examination of rape myths
28 - 29 February 2020  
Pasefika Proud
13 March 2020 *NEW*
Treating the effects of childhood abuse and neglect on young adults. John Briere, PhD
MEDSAC International speaker seminar
21 - 30 March 2020 *NEW*
Te Tiriti-Based Futures & Anti-Racism 2020
Hui & webinars
Auckland & online 
24 March 2020 *NEW*
Brainwave Trust 2020 Conference

26 - 28 March 2020 *NEW*
Pasefika Proud
6 - 7 April 2020  
Age Concern New Zealand and the New Zealand Gerontology Association 2020 Conference
Call for abstracts closes 31 December 2019
28 - 30 April 2020 *UPDATED*
Chicago, Illinois, United States 

28 - 30 April 2020 *UPDATED*
1 - 2 May 2020 
Pasefika Proud 

7 - 9 May 2020 
Pasefika Proud 
10-12 June 2020 
Melbourne, Australia


16 - 20 November 2020
Tāmaki Makaurau - Auckland 
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