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Issue 25October 2013
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New resources
In the news
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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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Our researchers, Dr Pauline Gulliver and Associate Professor Janet Fanslow, have just had a  paper published which investigated factors associated with suicidal thoughts and intimate partner violence in 2,855 New Zealand women aged between 18-64 years. New Zealand women who have experienced partner violence are more likely to contemplate suicide, according to the findings published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health last week.     


The Clearinghouse will be releasing our next Issues Paper, Effectively involving men in preventing violence against  women, on 25 November 2013 (White Ribbon Day). The author,  Garth Baker, will be doing free presentations on the paper in Wellington, Thames, Auckland and Gisborne - see the events section for further details.  


Other news, views, and happenings in brief:     

 Read on for more resources, news and events.    


The NZFVC team

@ Tāmaki Innovation Campus
 University of Auckland


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Tip of the month

Bookmark our Links page for quick access to
useful websites for those working in or researching family and sexual violence.  
New Zealand websites are grouped under these headings:
  • Government
  • Community organisations and services
  • Research resources 
Selected overseas websites are listed by country, followed by a small number of websites with a global reach.   
Websites recently added include those mentioned in this newsletter. 

These links are updated regularly. Please let us know if any links are broken.  
New resources


Books, reports and other items 


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

Evaluation of the Whānau Ora Wellbeing Service of Te Whakaruruhau : final report

Neville Robertson, Bridgette Masters, Catherine Lane, Ann Tapara, Catherine Corbett, Rebekah Graham, Jessica Gosche, Ayla Jenkins & Thea King. Hamilton : Māori and Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato, 2013.
Report - PDF (88 p.)
Te Whakaruruhau Māori Women's Refuge has been providing safe housing, support and advocacy to women and children for over two decades and has become a key agency in family violence networks in Kirikiriroa. The development of the Whānau Ora Wellbeing Service, the focus of this evaluation, was a logical extension of Refuge services as Te Whakaruruhau broadened its interventions from an initial focus on safe housing to advocacy...
Read more

Nga vaka o kāiga tapu : Pasefika Proud family violence research plan 2013 - 2018
Pacific Advisory Group to the Taskforce Against Violence Within Families. Wellington : Taskforce for Action on Violence Within Families, Ministry of Social Development, 2013
Research plan - PDF (23 p.)
Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu - The Pasefika Proud Research Plan is a five-year plan that aims to generate and theorise knowledge on Pasefika families and family violence, strategically align with and support national family violence... Read more

Who are you? toolkit : a toolkit for conducting primary prevention of sexual violence with young people
Wellington: Who are you? Steering Group, 2013
1 folder + CD-Rom
The toolkit can be ordered through your local ACC Community Injury Prevention specialists or email:  ... Read more

Violent girls : the daughters of family violence. 'A New Zealand perspective'
Donna Swift. Paper presented at 'Children: A Resource Most Precious' 2013 Conference, Perth, Australia 2013
Conference paper - PDF (16 p.)
This paper focuses on the intergenerational transmission of violence as it pertains to adolescent girls, who have come to the attention of authorities because of their use of violent and anti--social behaviour. The Girls' Project, a New Zealand study, draws from a sample of over 100 in--depth interviews and 40 focus groups with girls... Read more

Journal articles

The changing nature of family violence interventions
Ken McMaster.  Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, 2012
Te Awatea Review
, 10(1&2): 8-12
This paper describes the changing nature of interventions with men who use abusive practices within their families. One-size-fits-all is now questioned as an approach to effective change. This paper brings together thinking that can better inform intervention including newer models ...
Read more

Childhood sexual abuse and adult developmental outcomes : findings from a 30-year longitudinal study in New Zealand
David M. Fergusson, Geraldine F.H. McLeod, L. John Horwood. Elsevier, 2013
Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(9): 664-674

Data from the Christchurch Health and Development Study examined to investigate adverse adult developmental outcomes of childhood sexual abuse...Read abstract
Contact your local library for full text access to this article

Exploring risk factors for suicidal ideation in a population-based sample of New Zealand women who have experienced intimate partner violence
Pauline Gulliver and Janet Fanslow. Public Health Association of Australia, 2013
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, online first
The authors explore factors associated with suicidal thoughts among women who had experienced intimate partner violence, using data from the New Zealand replication of the WHO Multi-country Violence Against Women study... Read abstract
Contact your local library for full text access to this article

Gender violence : using culture as a resource in the process of decolonisaton
Susan D. Rose. Te Awatea Violence Research centre, 2012
Te Awatea Review, 10(1&2): 3-7
This paper examines the situation of both Native Americans and Māori who today have the highest rates of sexual and domestic violence in their respective countries. Abuse, however, is not traditional within these communities.  Culture may be an effective resource in a bid to reduce violence against women and children...
Read more

'I couldn't even dress the way I wanted.' Young women talk of 'ownership' by boyfriends : an opportunity for the prevention of domestic violence?
Alison J. Towns and Hazel Scott. Sage, 2013
Feminism & Psychology, 2013, online first
In this paper, the authors document and theorise 'ownership' practices in young people's intimate relationships and discuss the parallels with domestic violence. Ten young New Zealand women engaged in focus group discussions... Read abstract
Contact your local library for full text access to this article

Incorporating change information into sexual offender risk assessments using the Violence Risk Scale - Sexual Offender version
Mark E. Oliver, Sarah M. Beggs Christofferson, Randolf C. Grace and Stephen C.P. Wong. Sage, 2013
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, online first
This study examined the use of risk-change information in sexual offender risk assessments featuring the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version (VRS-SO), a sex offender risk assessment and treatment planning tool. Two samples, 218 offenders in the Kia Marama Sex Offender Treatment Program in New Zealand and 321 offenders in the Clearwater Sex Offender Program in Canada were combined for this analysis ... Read abstract

Peer support : reframing the journey of living experience of domestic violence
Lesley Campbell and Claire Gray with Beryl Brogden. Te Awatea Research Centre, 2012
Te Awatea Review, 10(1&2): 18-22
In 2011, Aviva (at the time known as Christchurch Women's Refuge) commissioned the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre to assemble an evidence-base to inform the design, development and implementation of a systematic model of specialist peer support for men and women with lived experience of domestic violence...
Read more

The safety of young children in care : a New Zealand study
Marie Connolly, Irene de Haan, Jonelle Crawford.  Sage, 2013
Adoption & Fostering, 37(3): 284-296
This article explores the research relating to the safety of young children in care and reports on a five-year follow-up study of 228 New Zealand children who entered care when under two years of age in 2005... Read abstract
Contact your local library for full text access to this article


Engaging boys and young men in the prevention of sexual violence : a systematic and global review of evaluated interventions
C. Ricardo, M.Eads and G. Barker. Pretoria, South Africa : Sexual Violence Research Initiative and Promundo, 2011
Report - PDF (76 p.)
The objective of this systematic review is to investigate the effectiveness of interventions for preventing boys' and young men's use of sexual violence, including: increasing gender equitable attitudes, bystander intentions, and other attitudes and behaviours... Read more

New directions in child abuse and neglect research
Anne Petersen, Joshua Joseph, and Monica Feit, Editors - Washington, DC : National Academies Press, 2013
Report - PDF (375 p.)
This report updates Understanding child abuse and neglect, an overview of research on child abuse and neglect, published by the National Research Council (US) in 1993. It provides new recommendations to respond to this issue... Read more

Journal articles

Backward, dumb and violent hillbilllies? Rural geographies and intersectional studies on intimate partner violence
Linn Sandberg - Sage, 2013
Affilia, 28(4) 350-365
The article reviews existing research on the challenges facing rural victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). This research makes visible the specific problems rurality imposes on victims of IPV. The author argues that urban and rural geographies should be included in feminist intersectional research on IPV... Read abstract
Contact your local library for full text access to this article

The health, mental health and well-being benefits of rape crisis counseling

Nicole Westmarland and Sue Alderson. Sage, 2013
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(17): 3265-3282
There is very little research on interventions to alleviate the distress experienced following rape. This action research project developed and piloted the "Taking Back Control" tool that measured the impact of rape crisis counseling over time... Read abstract
Contact your local library for full text access to this article

In the news


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Responses to the 'Roast Busters' - 6 Nov, 2013

Media reporting on a group of Auckland young men calling themselves the 'Roast Busters' has sparked ...  


Partner violence and suicidality linked - 4 Nov, 2013
New Zealand women who have experienced partner violence are more likely to...  

New board members for the Glenn Inquiry; Impact Collective launched - 4 Nov, 2013
Women's Refuge chief executive Heather Henare, former Reserve Bank director...      


Pasefika Proud Family Violence Research Plan launched  

- 31 Oct, 2013
Associate Minister of Social Development, Tariana Turia, has launched a...  

Child Matters offering Diploma in Child Protection 

- 31 Oct, 2013
Child Matters is offering their one year specialised tertiary qualification in...  

Screening and vetting for child abuse - 29 Oct, 2013
Screening for people who work with children has again been raised following...  


New website 'The Harbour' provides sexual abuse information, resources and support - 29 Oct, 2013
A new web portal providing information about sexual abuse has been launched....  

NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils discuss family violence - 29 Oct, 2013
Family violence will be discussed a meeting of the New Zealand Federation of...      


Seminars on changes to the Family Court - 24 Oct, 2013
The Ministry of Justice is hosting a series of overview seminars on the changes...  

TV series Womenpower to cover domestic violence and the Family Court - 23 Oct, 2013
Womenpower continues to screen on Wednesday at 7.30 on free to air Face TV (also online), or Sky Channel 83 ...  

White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence - 21 Oct, 2013
White Ribbon Day, 25 November, is the internationally recognised day when men...  

Resources to support engaging with the media - 17 Oct, 2013
"Most New Zealanders get their information and understanding about family...  

Imagining the Solution conference 2013 presentations available online - 17 Oct, 2013
The Tauiwi Caucus of Te Ohaakii a Hine - National Network Ending Sexual...  

'Take this Away' wins Yeah Nah It's Not OK song quest - 15 Oct, 2013
The inaugural Eastern Bay of Plenty 'Yeah Nah It's Not OK' song quest has been...  

Loves Me Not raises awareness of dating violence for teenagers - 15 Oct, 2013
A recent Campbell Live episode looked at Loves Me Not, a one day programme...  

Agencies express concerns over crime statistics - 10 Oct, 2013
Annual crime statistics released by Statistics New Zealand have again raised...  

Survey to inform new Expert Advisory Group - extended until Wednesday 16 October - 9 Oct, 2013
A survey of community agencies is being conducted by the Family Violence Unit,...  

Australian clearinghouse functions to come under new National Centre of Excellence - 8 Oct, 2013
From 1 October 2014, Australian domestic and family violence and sexual assault...   


Second Children's Team established in Whangarei  

- 3 Oct, 2013
The Whangarei Children's Team has commenced work, following the establishment...   


New Expert Advisory Group on family violence announced  

 - 1 Oct, 2013
A new Expert Advisory Group on family violence has been announced by Associate...



Check for more news   

Upcoming events 
Click on the link for event details.  

Until 15 November 2013
Tirohia Mai / Look At Us Now: Women in Aotearoa New Zealand - National Library Exhibition

6 - 8 November 2013
National Network of Stopping Violence, Te Kupenga - Annual Hui & AGM

10 - 13 November 2013
13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect  Melbourne, Australia

14 November 2013 *NEW*
Disability and Violence: Stopping the Cycle - Interactive Workshop

12 November 2013 *NEW*
Working together to keep kids safe - Workshop

14 November 2013
Safe and Together: A child-centred approach to the intersection of IPV & child maltreatment - Workshop
Melbourne, Australia

15 November 2013
Safe engagement and assessment: Working with fathers and families to support safe, positive fathering - Workshop
Melbourne, Australia

18 November 2013 *NEW*
Breaking down the barriers - a free interactive workshop on domestic violence and disability - Workshop

18 - 22 November 2013
Child Protection Studies Programme - 5 day course  Christchurch

20 - 22 November 2013
More to Life than Services Conference

22 November 2013, *NEW*
Breaking the silence but keeping secrets - Workshop

25 November 2013
White Ribbon Day
Aotearoa New Zealand

25 -26 November 2013 
Fostering Te Pā Harakeke: Healthy and Prosperous Families of Mana - Annual Research Symposium

27 November 2013 *NEW*
Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women - Seminar

2 December 2013 *NEW*
Tauiwi Prevention Project Regional Training Hui

2 - 6 December 2013

Child Protection Studies Programme - 5 day course
South Auckland

4 December 2013 "NEW*
Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women - Seminar

5 December 2013 *NEW*
Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women - Seminar

6 December 2013 *NEW*
Tauiwi Prevention Project Regional Training Hui

12 December 2013 *NEW*
Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women - Seminar


7-8 April 2014 *NEW*
No2Bullying Conference
Surfers Paradise, Qld, Australia

14 - 17 September 2014

20th International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect
Nagoya, Japan



Please keep us posted about events in your region.