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Issue 5January 2012
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New resources
In the news
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Tēnā tatou katoa

Happy New Year. We hope the holiday break has been a time to recharge your batteries in preparation for another busy year ahead. There is much to be done with submissions closing at the end of  February on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children (28 Feb) and the Family Court Review (29 Feb).   Submissions to the Māori Affairs  select committee Inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for Māori Children are also open. A number of the items added to the NZFVC Library in the last month may assist you withl making submissions on these matters.  



The NZFVC team

@ Tāmaki Innovation Campus
 The University of Auckland

New resources


Books, reports and other items


Here are just some of the books, reports, and other resources added to the NZFVC library this month. Use the "read more" links to go to NZFVC Library to read the full summary and request or download the item. Please contact us if any links are broken.  


Are our Pacific peoples OK?: improving intimate partner violence services for Pacific peoples (PASIFIKANS)  by Currey, Nandika R.
 A research report presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, Massey University, Wellington
Pasifiika Occasional Paper series, 2011, 2(1)
Auckland, N.Z. 
Masilamea Press, Directorate of PasifikaMassey, 2011 ...Read more

Breaking news on child sexual abuse: early coverage of Penn State  by Dorfmann, Lori.
Berkeley, CA.:   Berkeley Media Studies Group, 2012.
Summary: The arrest of Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on charges of child sexual abuse catapulted the issue into the media spotlight. This report examine news from the first 9 days of the case... Read more

Case by case: news coverage of child sexual abuse  by Dorfmann, Lori ; Mejia, Pamela ; Cheyne, Andrew ; Gonzalez, Priscilla.
Series: Issue 19
Berkeley, CA.:  
Berkeley Media Studies Group, 2012.
Summary: To understand how child sexual abuse is covered in media, the researchers selected a representative sample of U.S. news, then coded the content in detail... Read more

Causes of and solutions to inter-generational crime: the final report of the study of the children of prisoners by Gordon, Liz.
Christchurch, N.Z.: Pllars, 2011.
Summary: The aim of this report is to outline oiur findings and also to put the research into current contest...Read more
The children left behind: a league table of inequality in child well-being in the world's rich countries
UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre report card9
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), 2010.
Summary: This league table focuses on the richest countries in the OECD. Data for New Zealand is included in some of the tables...
Read more

Conventional and innovative justice responses to sexual violence  by Daly, Kathleen.
In: ACSSA issues, 2011, 12: 1-35
Melbourne, Vic. 
Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, 2011.
Summary: This paper reflects on the limits of legal reform in improving outcomes for victim/survivors... Read more

Domestic violence and disabled people
Auckland  [Auckland Domestic Violence and Disability Group], [2011]
Summary: This booklet for disabled people and their carers was launched in Auckland on 8 March, 2011... Read more

 Domestic violence in Australia: an overview of the issues  by Mitchell, Liesl.
Canberra  Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
Summary: This background note is a guide to research and resources on domestic violence in Australia... Read more

Evaluation of the Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower healthy relationships programme: final report  by Dunbar, Lucy ; Holland, Chris.
Upper Moutere, N.Z.:   Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust, 2011.
Summary: Healthy Relationships is a programme for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. It provides practical tools to build resiliency and to prevent bullying and abuse...Read more

Family law and family violence: research to practice by Wilcox, Karen.
Research & Practice Brief 2, January 2012, 1-14
Sydney, NSW 
Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, 2012.
Summary: This Research into Practice Brief considers how practitioners can use the evidence base to better understand and improve the experiences of children and their protective parents when they engage with family law systems, post-separation from the abuser... Read more

Family Violence Death Review Committee : second report: October 2009 to November 2011. Inaugural report to the Health Quality & Safety Commission by Family Violence Death Review Committee.
Wellington, N.Z.:   Family Violence Death Review Committee, 2011.
Summary: The Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) has released its second Report detailing the work it has done since September 2009 and the priorities for its next stage of development... Read more

The path ahead: reporting the abuse/assault
by Weedon, Victoria.
Auckland, N.Z.:   Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP, [2011?].
Summary: This is one of three booklets created by the Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation to provide information for parents and caregivers of young women who have experienced sexual abuse. This booklet has been prepared to assist people with their decision making when involving a statutory body, the Police or Child Youth and Family. Read more

 Report of the 50 Key Thinkers Forum: supporting families, whānau and communities to create their own solutions : a way forward
Wellington, N.Z.:   Families Commission,2011.
Summary: The 50 Key Thinkers Forum, held on 12 May 2011, was a solutions-based conversation on how New Zealand can address current and future social challenges within the constraints of the economic environment... Read more

Report to Hon Paula Bennett, Minister for Social Development and Employment: following an inquiry into the serious abuse of a nine year old girl and other matters relating to the welfare, safety and protection of children in New Zealand by Smith, Mel
Published 2011. 
 Read more

The ripple effects of sexual abuse impacts on survivors and families: how to help
by Weedon, Victoria.
Auckland, N.Z.:   Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP,[2011?].
Summary: This is one of three booklets created by the Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation to provide information for parents and caregivers of young women who have experienced sexual abuse. This booklet is intended to help people make sense of the ripple effects sexual abuse can have on young women and their families. Read more

 Safety of subsequent children: international literature review by Kerslake Hendricks, Anne.
Research report 1/12
Wellington, N.Z.: Families Commission, 2012.
Summary: This literature review was a response to the Minister for Social Development and Employment's request that the Families Commission undertake an "international literature review about parents who lose custody of children through a care and protection intervention who then have additional children who may be at risk...Read more

Safety of subsequent children - Māori children and whānau: a review of selected literature
by Cram, Fiona.
Research report 2/12
Wellington, N.Z.:   Families Commission,2012.
Summary: The roles and responsibilities of these childrearing networks include the transmission of cultural mores and monitoring of child safety. Unfortunately, and for often complex reasons, not all wh
ānau are safe places for children in their care and Māori whānau are overrepresented in the welfare system, including child-removal statistics...Read more

A sister to lean on
In: Rise,December 2011, 12: 4-7
Summary: Ruahine Albert was one of the founders of New Zealand's first Māori Women's Refuge. She has been breaking new ground ever since with a flexible, whā
nau-focused approach that excludes no-one who is willing to change...Read more

 She can't make herself safe so give me that power: statutory powers and Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service Coordinators
by McKendry, Jayne.
A paper submitted to Victoria, University of Wellington, in fulfilment of the requirements of Socila Policy Rseaerch Essay (SPOL489), 2011.
Summary: Elder abuse and neglect prevention services are provided by non-government organisations in New Zealand. They support older people who have been abused or neglected to achieve a safer living environment. In some situations, lack of authoritative power prevents achievement of this goal... Read more

'Stop! I don't like it': an evaluation of the Healthy Relationships programme
by Hamilton, Bryce ; Turner, Mark.
Upper Moutere, N.Z.:   Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust, 2011.
Summary: Healthy Relationships is a programme for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. It provides practical tools to build resiliency and to prevent bullying and abuse... Read more

A study of the children of prisoners: findings from Māori dataJune 2011  by Gordon, Liz ; MacGibbon, Lesley.
Wellington, N.Z.:   Te Puni K
Summary: This study reports on the Māori data collected as part of a research project on the children of prisoners carried out in 2009 and 2010, for Pillars, a community organisation that works with the families of prisoners...Read more

Understanding sexual abuse: who, why, how?
byWeedon, Victoria ; Barriball, Kathryn.
Auckland, N.Z.:   Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP,[2011?].
Summary: This is one of three booklets created by the Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation to provide information for parents and caregivers of young women who have experienced sexual abuse...Read more

Violence against women with disabilities
byInternational Network of Women with Disabilities
Barbara Faye Waxman Fiduccia papers on women and girls with disabilities
Center for Women Policy Studies,
Summary: In 2011, the Center launched an online series of new Barbara Faye Waxman Fiduccia Papers On Women and Girls with Disabilities. The 2011 papers will present the self-defined perspectives of women with disabilities...Read more

Why rock the boat? non-reporting of intimate partner violence  by Hayden, Anne.
A thesis submitted to Auckland University of Technology in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 2010
Summary: This study critically examines the reasons for non-reporting of intimate partner violence (IPV). It explores the thesis that the use of restorative justice processes could impact on the rate of reporting and victims seeking early interventions...Read more


Journal articles 

 Use the links to read the article abstract or the full article if available. These articles are not held in the NZFVC Library collection, but may be obtained through your local library. 


 Child maltreatment: variation in trends and policies in six developed countries
by Gilbert, Ruth ; Fluke, John ; O'Donnell, Melissa ; Gonzalez-Izquierdo, Arturo ; Brownell, Marni ; Gulliver, Pauline ; Janson, Staffan ; Sidebotham, Peter.
In: The Lancet, 9 December 2011
Summary: This article in The Lancet cites New Zealand as one of six countries where there has been no clear evidence of a decrease in child maltreatment over the past two decades. The research team, led by Professor Ruth Gilbert, University College London, used three indicators...
Access abstract online | Read news item

Children's perceptions of violence : the nature, extent, and impact of their experiences
by Carroll-Lind, Janis ; Chapman, James ; Raskauskas, Juliana.
In: Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 2011, 37: 1-13
Summary: This paper reports on a study that examined children's perceptions of the prevalence, incidence and impact of violence experienced or witnessed by them, and factors that mitigated and reduced its impact.
Access article online

Gendered violence and restorative justice: the views of New Zealand Opinion Leaders
by Proietti-Scifoni, Gitana ; Daly, Kathleen.
In: Contemporary Justice Review, 2011, 14(3): 269-290 Summary: The authors examined viewpoints of New Zealand opinion leaders regarding the use of restorative justice in adult cases of gendered violence. The article examined the use of restorative justice... Access abstract online

Heightened neural reactivity to threat in child victims of family violence
by McCrory, Eamon J ;De Brito, Stephane A ; Sebastian, Catherine L ; Mechelli, Andrea ; Bird, Geoffrey ; Kelly, Phillip A ; Viding, Essi. 
In: Current Biology, 2011, 21(23): R947-R948
Summary: UK-based researchers have demonstrated that children exposed to family violence show increased reactivity in two areas of the brain in response to angry but not sad faces. While such enhanced reactivity to a biologically relevant threat cue may represent an adaptive response...
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Running the risk: police officer discretion and family violence in New Zealand
by Grant, Stephanie ; Rowe, Michael.
In: Policing and Society, 2011, 21(1): 49-66
Summary: This article investigates New Zealand police officers' experiences and attitudes towards the use of risk assessment techniques as a basis for identifying cases of family violence that are likely to escalate. A key finding of the study was that due to time and routine demands, the majority of officers did not complete risk assessment processes...
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 Third-party violence against children: the Crimes Amendment Act (No 3) 2011
by Copeland, Nicole E.
In: Auckland University Law Review, 2011, 17:321-326
Summary: The Crimes Amendment Act (No 3) 2011 received the royal asset on 19 September 2011 and will come into force on 19 March 2012. The Act makes two amendments of note.
Read more

What factors are associated with recent intimate partner violence? : findings from the WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence

by Abramsky, Tanya ; Watts, Charlotte ; Garcia-Moreno, Claudia ; Devries, Karen ; Kiss, Ligia ; Ellsberg, Mary ; Jansen, Henrica ; Heise, Lori.
In: BMC Public Health, 2011, 11:109

Summary: The main findings, recently published in the open access journal BMC Public Health are that: despite wide variations in the prevalence of IPV, many factors affect IPV risk similarly across sites...Access article online

Women and men's use of coercive control in intimate partner violence
Robertson, Kirsten
In: Violence and Victims, 2011, 26(2): 208-217
Summary: This paper reports the findings from a study which investigated coercive control and intimate partner violence in three population samples, students, the general population and those in prison.
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In the news


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TVNZ Close Up focuses on Child Abuse - 26 Jan, 2012
TV One's Close Up has broadcast two programs relating to child abuse, and child...
TV One sting exposes dangers of online predators - 24 Jan, 2012
A number of men were caught in a TV sexual grooming sting when TVNZ...
Number of lawyers listed as family legal aid providers decreases - 24 Jan, 2012
Figures from the Ministry of Justice show 2095 lawyers were listed as providers...
Call to reinstate Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence - 24 Jan, 2012
Dr Kim McGregor, Executive Director, Rape Prevention Education is calling for


 Green Paper for Vulnerable Children - Community Meetings on now around Aotearoa - 23 Jan, 2012

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is travelling from Kaitaia to...


 Grace Dorset recognised in New Year's Honours - 10 Jan, 2012

Anti-domestic violence worker Grace Dorset has been recognised in the New Year'...


Upcoming events 
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 Elder Abuse & Neglect Prevention Regional Conference - Palmerston North - 29 Feb 2012



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