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Issue 31
May 2014
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New resources
In the news
Upcoming events
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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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This month we focus on elder abuse and neglect as Age Concern promotes Elder Abuse Awareness Week (15-22 June 2014) and the 9th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed on 15 June. There's more information in our Tip of the month and recent resources that have been added to the library in the International section of this newsletter.    


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 

Update your elder abuse knowledge

Now is a great time to  brush up  your knowledge of elder abuse and neglect.

Elder abuse and neglect : a selected bibliography
is a good place to start. This was prepared by the Clearinghouse in 2012.

Search the topic: Elder abuse
for items in the library.

Use the Timeline topic Older people to find local and international milestones in elder abuse prevention.

Age Concern is the place to find information about Elder Abuse Awareness Week and the ongoing work of Age Concern's Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention services.  
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 

For victims of sexual violence : Moving through the criminal justice system. What happens and how to get support
Wellington: Victims Information, Ministry of Justice, 2014
Booklet (28 p.); PDF
Summary: This resource is for victims of sexual violence. It explains the criminal justice process and what support is available. This resource is also available in a number of languages other than English... Read more

"It doesn't have to continue" : a collection of stories about transforming family violence (an educational resource)
compiled by Judy Wivell and Mandy Pentecost. Napier: Eastern Institute of Technology, 2014
Report (60 p.); PDF
Summary: Transforming family violence is complex and multi-stranded. The stories in this booklet capture the complexity of the transforming journeys people take as they deal with violence in their lives. The narratives in this booklet were collected as part of an evaluation of the services offered by DOVE Hawke's Bay... Read more

Tell someone!
Nationwide Health and Disability Consumer Advocacy Service, 2010
DVD; 45 mins
Summary: This DVD is for people with a learning or intellectual disability in residential homes. It helps people learn more about their rights and how to get help when things go wrong. The chapter on Abuse has subtitles... Read more

Let's talk about rape : dealing with disclosure of sexual abuse : a guide for health practitioners
Dunedin: Rape Crisis Dunedin, 2013
Booklet (58 p.)
Summary: This guide provides health practitioners working with survivors of sexual abuse with information about dealing with disclosure of rape and sexual abuse in medical / clinical practise and the process that may follow... Read more

Sexual coercion, resilience and young Māori: a scoping review
Helen Moeweka Barnes. Wellington: Ministry of Women's Affairs, 2010
Report (134 p.); PDF
Summary: This report provides an overview of what is known in Aotearoa/New Zealand, particularly Māori perspectives, and internationally, on sexual coercion/violence, resilience and healthy relationships, particularly for indigenous peoples, with an overall focus on rangatahi and rangatahi wahine... Read more

What works for Māori : synthesis of selected literature
Les Willams and Fiona Cram . Wellington: Department of Corrections, 2012
Report (77 p.); PDF
Summary: The purpose of this review was to study evidence from five major domains of endeavour to identify a common set of interventions, initiatives, approaches and practices that increases understanding of what helps Māori succeed or improve outcomes in life... Read more

New models of service delivery and the potential of colocation of services in the NGO sector in Christchurch.
In: UC - MSD Summer Scholarship Report to Ministry of Social Development, February 2013 (pp.281-339)
Laura Johnstone. Christchurch: University of Canterbury, 2013
Report (55 p.); PDF
Summary: This research project was conducted for the Ministry of Social Development and inquires into new models of service delivery in the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector in the Canterbury region... Read more

Journal articles


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


The potential of co-location of services in the NGO sector in Christchurch : a method of improving collaboration between agencies and outcomes for clients 

Laura Johnstone and Annabel Taylor. Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, 2013
Te Awatea Review
, 2013, 11(1): 17-21
Summary: The co-location of services has considerable potential within the nongovernmental organisation (NGO) sector in Christchurch. This article summarises the findings of the above report... Read more

Evaluation of Family Group Conference practice and outcomes : a review of the literature.
Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, 2013
Te Awatea Review, 2013, 11(1): 12-16
Summary: The Family Group Conference (FGC) is an approach to child protection and youth offending involving families in deciding outcomes relating to care and protection issues or criminal offending of a child or adolescent.  This review of the literature draws together the available research with a focus on care and protection conferencing... Read more

Restorative justice : issues in gender-based violence in Aotearoa New Zealand
Annabel Taylor. Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, 2013
Te Awatea eview, 2013, 11(1): 7-11
Summary; The low reporting level of gender-based violence is an ongoing challenge for New Zealand and elsewhere. An additional concern for criminal justice policy is the growing dissatisfaction with the experience of victims of gender-based violence in traditional adversarial court systems. This article traverses recent research and thinking in the area of gender-based violence... Read more

Voices from the street : health and social care needs of homeless women
Hilary Abrahams, Emma Williamson, Karen Morgan and Ailsa Cameron. Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, 2013
Te Awatea Review, 2013, 11(1): 2-6
Summary: A 2-year study conducted in Bristol, UK of a cohort of homeless women and their needs for health and social care has found that many have experienced high levels of childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual violence. Homelessness increases women's vulnerability... Read more

No association between mean telomere length and life stress observed in a 30 year birth cohort
Sarah Jodczyk, David M. Fergusson, L. John Horwood, John F. Pearson, Martin A. Kennedy. PLOS One, 2014
PLOS One, 2014, 9(5): e97104
Summary: This study examined the associations between telomere length and exposure to a number of stressors that arise during development from the antenatal/perinatal period through to young adulthood, based on data from the Christchurch Health and Development Study... Read more



Motivational interviewing and stages of change in intimate partner violence
Christopher M. Murphy and Roland D. Maiuro, editors. New York: Springer, 2009
Book (316 p.)
Summary: Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic strategy that recognises that individuals proceed through a set of stages when preparing for, accomplishing and maintaining behaviour change. This book presents applications of motivational interviewing and the transtheoretical model with both victims and perpetrators... Read more

The good practice guide to Child Aware Approaches : keeping children safe and well
Cathryn Hunter and Rhys Price-Robertson. Melbourne, Vic.: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2014
CFCA Paper no. 21, 2014
Paper (48 p.); PDF & HTML available
Summary: Child Aware Approaches is a grassroots initiative that engages civil society to develop local approaches, actions and initiatives to keep children safe and well, recognising that protecting children is a shared responsibility... Read more

Voices against violence: summary report and recommendations. Paper One (of seven)
Delanie Woodlock, Lucy Healey, Keran Howe, Magdalena McGuire, Vig Geddes and Sharon Granek - Melbourne, Vic.: Women with Disabilities Victoria, Office of the Public Advocate, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, 2014
Report (28 p.); PDF
Summary: This project reports on the extent and nature of violence against women with disabilities in Victoria. As well as interviews with women with disabilities about their experiences of violence, it includes an overview of current issues, a review of legislative protections, a review of the records of OPA and interviews with its staff and volunteers. Access the seven individual reports... Read more

Discussing screening for elder abuse at primary health care level
Silvia Perel-Levin. Geneva, Switz.: World Health Organization, 2008
Report (48 p.); PDF
Summary: This paper presents a critical review of the literature, discusses what is needed in order to advance knowledge by Primary Health Care  workers about elder abuse and makes recommendations about detection as a first step for the management and prevention of elder abuse... Read more

Neglect, abuse and violence against older women
Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations. New York: United Nations, 2013
Report (65 p.); PDF
Summary: The purpose of this publication is to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge about the abuse of older women... Read more


Journal articles


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


Intimate partner violence in later life : an empirical review of the literature
Karen A. Roberto, Marya C. McPherson and Nancy Brossoie. Sage, 2013
Violence Against Women, 2013, 19(12): 1538-1558
Summary: This review of the literature synthesises a decade of scientific research addressing intimate partner violence in late life. Based on these findings the authors identify future research directions for improved understanding of late-life IPV... Read more

Fatal and non-fatal child maltreatment in the US : an analysis of child, caregiver, and service utilization with the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Set
Emily M. Douglas and Brandi L. Mohn. Elsevier, 2014
Child Abuse and Neglect, 2014, 38(1): 42-51
Summary: The purpose of this study was to compare children who are fatally and non-fatally maltreated in the United States. The results are discussed with regard to child welfare practice and research... Read more  

In the news


Click on the link for full news item.


Govt accepts "vast majority" of UN human rights recommendations - 4 Jun, 2014
The government has formally responded to the United Nations Human Rights...     


Bill to strengthen victims' rights passes into legislation - 4 Jun, 2014
A Bill to increase the rights of victims of crime has passed into legislation,...

Eight new Children's Team locations announced - 4 Jun, 2014
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has announced the locations of eight...

 Rugby League's "Don't be an Egg!" campaign addresses sideline abuse and family violence- 3 Jun, 2014
The It's Not OK Campaign and Rugby League Northland (RLN) have collaborated to...

Family violence in spotlight in wake of homicides; vigil to be held- 26 May, 2014
Systems responses to family violence are again in the spotlight following the...

Updates on the 'Roast Busters'- 26 May, 2014
The Independent Police Commission Authority (IPCA) released its report into...


Funding for Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) announced- 22 May, 2014
The government has announced additional funding for a Māori Centre of Research... 


New national Australian research organisation on violence against women and children launched- 20 May, 2014
Australia's new National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) was...   


'Practice' journal: Policing and Corrections- 20 May, 2014
The Department of Corrections journal 'Practice', launched in 2013, is designed...

Ministry of Justice update on domestic violence programme changes- 20 May, 2014
The Ministry of Justice has provided an update for providers outlining its...

VAWNet updates special collection on violence in the lives of the Deaf or hard of hearing- 15 May, 2014
A Special Collection on violence experienced by individuals who are Deaf or...

European treaty on violence against women to become binding- 15 May, 2014
A European treaty specifically on violence against women and domestic violence...

Call for a National Women's Health Strategy- 12 May, 2014
Women's Health Action has called for the development of a National Women's...
White Ribbon campaign transferred to independent trust board- 12 May, 2014
The Families Commission has transferred responsibility for the management and...

Community "Safe Zones" to be piloted for children and young people - 12 May, 2014
A pilot initiative, Community "Safe Zones", will be launched in in two Auckland... 


Redesigned CommunityNet Aotearoa website launched - 8 May, 2014
The website CommunityNet Aotearoa has been relaunched by Community and...

Register for sex offenders awaiting decision from Cabinet - 8 May, 2014
A proposal for a Sex Offenders Register has been developed by New Zealand...

Latest Better Public Services results: Crime rate continues to fall - 6 May, 2014
Justice sector Better Public Services results for reducing crime and...

Justice symposium discusses domestic, family and sexual violence - 6 May, 2014
A "Leading Justice" Symposium was held in Wellington on 29 April 2014...

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Upcoming events 
Click on the link for event details. 

7 June 2014 *NEW*
Social Justice for Children: Policy, Parenting and Practice - Auckland

10 - 11 June 2014

Easy Evaluation - Workshop

9 - 13 June 2014
Child Protection Studies Programme - 5 day course

10 June 2014
Recognising and Responding to Child Abuse - Workshop
New Plymouth

12-13 June 2014 *NEW*
Collective Impact Conference 2014

15 June 2014 *NEW*
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15-22 June 2014 *NEW*
Elder Abuse Awareness Week
New Zealand-wide

18 June 2014
Responding effectively to victims of domestic violence - Training

18 - 19 June 2014
Developing Policies and Procedures to Recognise and Respond to Child Abuse - 2 day workshop

23 - 27 June 2014
Child Protection Studies Programme - 5 day course

24 June 2014
Recognising and Responding to Child Abuse - Workshop

24 - 25 June 2014
Easy Evaluation - Workshop

30 June - 4 July 2014
Child Protection Studies Programme - 5 day course

30 June - 25 September 2014
Kaupapa Rangihau Workshop Series
Four 2-day workshops

1 July 2014 *NEW*
Working with abuse within families: linking knowledge to practice - Symposium

4 July 2014
Symposium on Women and Children - A 'State of the Nation' discussion on how life is for Women & Children in New Zealand in 2014

4 July 2014
Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research National Symposium

30 July - 1 August 2014
13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference
Melbourne, Australia

5-6 August 2014
Easy Evaluation  - Workshop
Lower Hutt

4-8 August 2014 *NEW*
Childhood trauma: understanding the basis of change and recovery - international conference
Melbourne, Australia

19-23 August 2014
Child Protection Studies Programme - 5 day course

14 - 17 September 2014

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

29-30 September & 1 December 2014 *NEW*
Working with parents anger - Training Workshop

19 - 23 October 2014
Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion - 12th World Conference 
Atlanta, GA, USA

6-7 November 2014 *NEW*
Call for abstracts closes 15 August 2014  
In our own backyard - Injury Prevention Aotearoa 2014 conference

25-28 November 2014
International Indigenous Development Research Conference