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Issue 38
January / February 2015
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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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The Clearinghouse is pleased to host a seminar
Child Custody Evaluations and Domestic Violence: New Research and Implications for Practice presented by Daniel Saunders PhD, visiting from the USA, on Wednesday 18 March, 10-11.30am at the University of Auckland. Please note change of venue to Epsom Campus. Places are limited. Please register for this free event now. 


The Pānui has had a makeover. Feedback welcome. 


Other news, views, and happenings in brief: Read on for more new resources, news and events.

The NZFVC team

@ Tāmaki Innovation Campus
University of Auckland


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Links to other websites

The Clearinghouse has revised and updated the Links page (under Resources on the Menu bar). Use the headings at the top of the page to find New Zealand and key international websites.

Links to these websites are provided by the Clearinghouse for the convenience of those wishing to locate related resources. Their listing here is not indicative of endorsement or validity of the content located at the referenced websites.

No list can be comprehensive. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for any other sites that could be included.
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

St John, S. (2014).
The complexities of 'relationship' in the welfare system and the consequences for children. Auckland: Child Poverty Action Group.
Summary: Despite the recent focus on 'vulnerable children' in New Zealand, many current policies themselves have had harmful effects on the already most disadvantaged children. This report focuses on a systemic issue: the traditional reliance on using the presence or absence of a relationship in the nature of marriage to determine entitlement in the welfare system... Read more    



Superu. (2014).
The report of the Family Violence Knowledge Exchange Forum held on 16 September 2014. Wellington: Social Policy and Evaluation Research Unit.
Summary: Superu periodically holds Knowledge Exchange Forums (KEFs) on priority social issues.  This forum brought together 28 participants from universities and government to explore new ways of addressing family violence. Read more   



Journal articles 

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

Seymour, F., Blackwell, S., Calvert, S., & McLean, B. (2014).

Counterintuitive expert psychological evidence in child sexual abuse trials in New Zealand.
Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 21(4), 511-522.
Summary: The authors discuss what is meant by the term counterintuitive evidence, why such evidence has been deemed helpful and the types of counterintuitive evidence... Read more 




Davis, R. A., & Tsao, B. (2014).
Multi-sector partnerships for preventing violence: A guide for using collaboration multiplier to improve safety outcomes for young people, communities and cities. Oakland, CA: Prevention Institute.
Summary: The focus of this guide, delivered in four parts, is the prevention of community violence. Bringing together the range of partners needed to prevent community violence can be a challenge. Prevention Institute created this guide to help people overcome this challenge.
Part 1: The value of multi-sector collaboration to prevent violence... Read more 

Part 2: Workbook -Using the collaboration multiplier tool... Read more 

Part 3: Roles and contributions of sectors, agencies and departments... Read more 

Part 4: Appendices and references... Read more  



Kelly, L., & Westmarland, N. (2015).
Domestic violence perpetrator programmes: Steps towards change. London Metropolitan University & Durham, University.
Summary: Do domestic violence perpetrator programmes actually work in reducing men's violence and abuse and increasing the freedom of women and children? How do we hold more perpetrators to account, since even if DVPPs do work, their limited capacity means the majority of men do not access them and criminal justice interventions alone are clearly not creating the change that all stakeholders seek? This is the final report of Project Mirabal... Read more 



Smith, N., & Hope, C. (2015).
Cultivating evaluation capacity: A guide for programs addressing sexual and domestic violence. New York: Vera Institute of Justice.
Summary: To ensure that they deliver what they promise-and do so cost-effectively-social service providers that serve victims of sexual and domestic violence are beginning to recognize the benefits of evaluating their programs. Many service providers, however, embark on self-evaluations without the underlying infrastructure necessary to support evaluation. This guide helps these service providers assess their evaluation capacity... Read more 



Smith, N., & Hope, C. (2015).
Culture, language and access: Key considerations for serving Deaf survivors of domestic and sexual violence. New York: Vera Institute of Justice.
Summary: This policy brief, written for the US audience, raises awareness of the Deaf community -a distinct cultural group whose members view themselves as part of a cultural and linguistic minority - and offers practical suggestions for expanding and enhancing Deaf survivors' access to victim services and other supports... Read more    



Journal articles


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


Alderson, S., Westmarland, N., & Kelly, L. (2013).
The need for accountability to, and support for, children of men on domestic violence perpetrator programmes.

Child Abuse Review, 22(3), 182-193. [Open access]
Summary: Many domestic violence perpetrator programmes have incorporated the issue of children's safety and the harmful parenting of domestically violent fathers within their programme content. However, little attention has been paid to the services offered to, and possible outcomes for, the children of men on such programmes. This paper draws on a survey of 44 domestic violence services and 73 interviews with men... Read more



Kearns, M. C., Reidy, D. E., & Valle, L. A. (2015).
The role of alcohol policies in preventing intimate partner violence: A review of the literature.
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(1), 21-30. [Open access]
Summary: This article summarizes existing research on the relationship between alcohol policies and intimate partner violence... Read more



Sanders, M. R., Dittman, C. K., Farruggia, S. P., & Keown, L. J. (2014).
A comparison of online versus workbook delivery of a self-help positive parenting program.
Journal of Primary Prevention, 35, 125-133.
Summary: A randomized trial compared the efficacy of two self-help variants of the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program: an online version and a self-help workbook... Read more 



Starfelt, L. C., Young, R. M., Palk, G. R. M., & White, K. M. (2015).
Young Australian adults' beliefs about alcohol's role in sexual aggression and victimisation.
Culture, Health and Sexuality, 17(1), 104-118.
Summary: Beliefs and misconceptions about sex, gender, and rape have been explored extensively to explain attributions concerning alcohol-involved sexual violence. However, less is known about the specific beliefs that people hold about how alcohol facilitates sexual aggression and victimisation. The present study aimed to identify these alcohol-related beliefs among young Australian adults...  Read more 



van, d. B., & Grubb, A. (2014).
A review of the literature relating to rape victim blaming: An analysis of the impact of observer and victim characteristics on attribution of blame in rape cases.
Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19(5), 523-531.
Summary: This paper explores the distinction between victim and observer characteristics by examining the victim characteristics of gender, sexuality, degree of resistance exhibited, and victim-perpetrator relationship, as well as the observer characteristics.... Read more 




The following articles all come from the latest issue of Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children: the No To Violence Journal published by No To Violence in Melbourne, Australia. This journal is not published online. To purchase your own copy of this issue, contact No To Violence.
You may request only one article from this issue. If you need more, please consider purchasing the journal or contact us about borrowing the whole issue. 

Acker, S. E. (2014, Spring). 
Men's stories about long-term transformative change: On the early wave of a social movement.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children,  189-203.
Summary: In an interview with the author of Unclenching our fists: abusive men on the journey to nonviolence, published in the United States in 2013, NTV asks what the author learnt from the men's stories and how they connect with social movements towards transformative change... Read more 



Addison, H. (2014, Spring).
The Dowse Cycle of Violence: Group work exercise for who have abused.

Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children 162-177.
Summary: Evolving over several years, the Dowse Cycle of Violence engages men in domestic violence behaviour change programmes (BCPs) on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia... Read more 



Baker, G. (2014, Spring).
Using primary prevention strategies in behaviour change programs.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children, 137-152.
Summary: This article discusses how primary prevention strategies for involving men in stopping violence can be effectively applied to behaviour change programs... Read more 



Blacklock, N. (2014, Spring).
Domestic violence perpetrator programs in the UK.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children, 204-218.
Summary: A Q&A piece featuring Neil Blacklock, Development Director at Respect, the UK's lead body for community-based domestic violence perpetrator programmes. The interview covers a range of issues... Read more 



Corbs, M. (2014, Spring).
Groups are only part of the story: Kildonan UnitingCare Family Violence Intervention Program.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children,  155-161.
Summary: Kildonan Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP) is one of seven men's behaviour change programmes operating in Melbourne's northern and western corridors. This paper illustrates the various components of the FVIP. Kildonan's men's behaviour change programme includes the innovative group programme developed in response to the culturally specific requirements of South Asian men... Read more 



Mandel, D. (2014, Spring).
Beyond domestic violence perpetrator accountability in child welfare systems.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children,  50-85.
Summary: The case for the co-arising of a perpetrator pattern-based approach, domestic violence-informed child welfare systems and greater partnership with domestic violence survivors as parents... Read more 



Mosby, E., & Thomson, G. (2014, Spring).
Gatthar Weyebe Banabe program: Seeking behaviour change in indigenous family violence.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children, 7-28.
Summary: By sharing the journey of the Gatthar Weyebe Banabe program, this paper will promote the need for healing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who have perpetrated family violence... Read more 



Reynolds, V. (2014, Spring).
Resisting and transforming rape culture: An activist stance for therapeutic work with men who have used violence.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children, 29-49.
Summary: In this article the author addresses the "tension of holding the dignity and safety of women and children at the centre when working to hold men responsible for their violence, while also maintaining the dignity and humanity of these men"... Read more 



Vlais, R. (2014, Spring).
Ten challenges and opportunities for domestic violence perpetrator program work.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children, 86-136.
Summary; In this article Rodney Vlais, editor of this journal, reflects on the challenges and opportunities facing domestic violence perpetrator programmes in the current Australian context... Read more 



Westmarland, N. (2014, Spring).
Project Mirabal: A "third wave" perpetrator program outcome research study.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children,  219-232.
Summary: Project Mirabal is a longitudinal, multi-site study researching the contribution of domestic violence perpetrator programs to coordinated community responses in the UK. NTV spoke to Professor Westmarland about the uniqueness and international importance of this ambitious research... Read more 
Note: The final report of Project Mirabal is available online, see above.  



Yee, G. (2014, Spring).
Going deeper: Inviting male perpetrators of domestic violence into their inner worlds.
Ending Men's Violence Against Women and Children, 178-186.
Summary: The author, with over 20 years experience of working with perpetrators individually and in groups, asks "why some male perpetrators of domestic violence are incapable of looking deeper into themselves to access and experience what they think, feel and believe... Read more 

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Superu hosts family violence Knowledge Exchange Forum - 3 Feb, 2015
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Mangere College says It's Not OK; resources for working with schools - 3 Feb, 2015
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Resources to prevent and respond to digital stalking - 28 Jan, 2015
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Large Australian private sector employer introduces domestic violence leave - 21 Jan, 2015
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UK to criminalise coercive, controlling and psychological abuse - 20 Jan, 2015
The UK Home Office has announced a new domestic violence law will be introduced...

RFP to fill gaps in acute crisis sexual violence services - 20 Jan, 2015
The Government has announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be put out to...
HeforShe solidarity movement for gender equality - 20 Jan, 2015
The UN Women is working to build a solidarity movement for gender equality....

New resource on engaging key sectors to prevent violence - 13 Jan, 2015
A new resource from the Prevention Institute (US) offers support for...
Victims of crime legislation comes into effect - 7 Jan, 2015
A number of amendments to existing legislation which aim to better provide for...

Govt invites public comment on draft reports to UN - 6 Jan, 2015
The Government is seeking public comment on two draft reports prepared for the...
Family Violence Death Review Committee extends call for nominations - 6 Jan, 2015
The Health Quality & Safety Commission Board has extended its call seeking...
Papers published on 'what works' to prevent violence against women and girls - 5 Jan, 2015
A series of papers summarising the evidence on 'what works' to prevent violence...

December 2014

Tairawhiti collaborates to discuss abuse of disabled people - 18 Dec, 2014
Tairawhiti has hosted a conference to discuss the recommendations of a report...  


Ethical Research Involving Children (ERIC) project to support researchers - 17 Dec, 2014 
An international project aiming to assist researchers in understanding,...  

Media has reported that New Zealand Police are planning to trial the use of...
Upcoming events
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4 February 2015 *NEW*
Public Consultation meeting on the draft report on New Zealand's performance under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

5 February 2015 *NEW*
UNCROC Public Consultation meeting

10-12 February 2015

Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence and Violations
Sydney, Australia

12 February 2015 *NEW*
UNCROC Public Consultation meeting
16-17 February 2015
Validating meaningful supervised contact for children
ANZASCS 2015 Bi-Annual Conference

24-25 February 2015
Managing and governing on the edge - National Not-For-Profit Sector Conference

25 February 2015 *NEW*
Safeguarding Children & Young People - Seminar

1 March 2015
Children's Day
Events throughout Aotearoa New Zealand

4 March 2015
Responding effectively to victims of domestic violence - Training

4-6 March 2015 *NEW*
Ki A Ora, Ki Ao Ra - Healing From Within, Affecting Our World Today - TOAH-NNEST National Hui 2015

9 March 2015 *NEW*
Safeguarding Children & Young People - Seminar

10 March 2015 *NEW*
Safeguarding Children & Young People - Seminar

18 March 2015 "NZFVC event* *NEW*
Child Custody Evaluations and Domestic Violence: New Research and Implications for Practice - Seminar

19-21 March 2015
National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
Washington, DC, United States

29 March - 1 April 2015
14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Auckland
Call for abstracts extended to 14 November 2014

8-11 April 2015
Dignity Conference 2015: Response-Based Practice in Action
Hawke's Bay

9-11 April 2015
The Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International - NNVAWI Conference
Atlanta, GA, United States 

16-17 June 2015
Domestic abuse - Safety first - Training

29-30 June 2015
No2Bullying Conference 2015
Gold Coast, Australia

15-17 September 2015
SVRI Forum 2015
Stellenbosch, South Africa