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Family Violence Clearinghouse


Issue 39
March 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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Last chance to register for this Clearinghouse event, 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 this seminar will be held at the Epsom Campus. Places are limited. Please register now for this free event. 


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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Tip of the month

Export library references to Endnote or RefWorks

Did you know that you can export records from the Clearinghouse library and import them into citation management systems such as Endnote or RefWorks?

Here are the basic steps:
  • Identify a record you want to save
  • Scroll to the Save record box at the bottom right of the screen
  • Select RIS format from the drop down menu, click GO
  • Save to your Downloads folder. The file name will end in .ris
  • Open your citation management system, choose import
  • Select RIS format, database RIS UTF-8, locate the file
  • Check the record. You will need to edit some fields.

Please call or email the Information Specialist for more information. 

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

Beaton, S., Cain, T., Robinson, H., & Hearn, V. (2015).
An insight into the experience of sleeping rough in central Auckland. Auckland: Auckland Council.
Summary: This project was designed to generate a deeper understanding of the experience of rough sleeping in central Auckland in order to create meaningful change. The objectives of the project... Read more   



Johnson, A. (2015).
A mountain all can climb: A state of the nation report from The Salvation Army. Auckland: The Salvation Army.
Summary: This is the eighth State of the Nation report from The Salvation Army. Like its predecessors it is written to encourage public debate around New Zealand's social progress. The Salvation Army believes such a debate is vital, in part to balance a political agenda that can be too influenced by economic concerns, and to advance an alternative debate around social inclusion and social justice. The indicators offered in this report present a mixed and at times difficult to explain picture of what is happening in New Zealand society today... Read more



Ministry for Women. (2015).
Wāhine Māori, wāhine ora, wāhine kaha: Preventing violence against Māori women. Wellington: Ministry for Women.
Summary: Primary prevention of violence against women is an approach that seeks to stop violence against women before it occurs in the first place. It is an internationally emerging field of practice with a growing evidence base about what works. However, research on how it is understood and how effective it is in diverse cultural contexts is limited. Māori women are twice as likely to experience violence as other New Zealand women. This report explores what Māori women believe to be the key factors to keeping them and their whānau safe from ever becoming victims of violence... Read more     



Office of the Auditor-General. (2015).
Response of the New Zealand Police to the Commission of Inquiry into police conduct: Fourth monitoring report. Wellington: Office of the Auditor-General.
Summary: Following the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct, the Government asked the Auditor-General to monitor, for 10 years, the progress the Police are making with the Commission's recommendations. This is the fourth monitoring report... Read more  



Journal articles

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Jordan, J. (2013).
From victim to survivor - and from survivor to victim: Reconceptualising the survivor journey.
Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 5(2), 48-56.  
Summary: Being recognized as a rape survivor has often been interpreted as implying a linear progression from the negative state of victimisation, experienced in the presence of the offender, to a stronger, more positive state, typically facilitated by external support mechanisms. Drawing primarily on interviews conducted with women victimised by New Zealand serial rapist, Malcolm Rewa, this article challenges the concept of a journey 'from victim to survivor'... Read more

Lambie, I., & Johnstone, E. (2015).   
"I couldn't do it to a kid knowing what it did to me": The narratives of male sexual abuse victims' resiliency to sexually offending.
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Advance online publication (28 January 2015).   
Summary: Research has shown that child sexual abuse victims are overrepresented among sexual abuse offenders, leading to the sexually abused-sexual abuser hypothesis. However, a large proportion of child sexual abuse victims do not go on to sexually offend, and such individuals are labeled as resilient victims... Read more    



McLeod, G. F. H., Fergusson, D. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2014).
Childhood physical punishment or maltreatment and partnership outcomes at age 30.
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(3), 307-315.
Summary: This study examined the associations between childhood physical punishment or maltreatment and partnership outcomes to age 30, based on data from the Christchurch Health and Development Study... Read more    



Morgan, M. (2014).
Researching violence against women in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Journal of Educational, Health and Community Psychology, 3(3), 1-18 (Open access).
Summary: This paper discusses strategies for research with women who have been victimised in their intimate relationships with their partners. The author discusses the specific issues that concern the vulnerability of women victimised by intimate partner violence: experiences of intimate violence, stereotyping, minimisation, sexual violence, protection of children, the meaning of safety...
Read more    



Olver, M. E., Beggs Christofferson, S., & Wong, S. C. P. (2015).
Evaluation and applications of the Clinically Significant Change method with the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version: Implications for risk-change communication.
Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 33, 92-110.
Summary: The authors examined the use of the clinically significant change (CSC) method with the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version (VRS-SO), and its implications for risk communication, in a combined sample of 945 treated sexual offenders from three international settings including New Zealand (Kia Marama Special Treatment Unit)... Read more 



Taylor, N., & Smith, A. B. (2015).
Thinking about children: how does it influence policy and practice? In: J. Wynn & H. Cahill. (Eds.). Handbook of child and youth studies (pp. 49-62). Singapore: Springer.
Summary: in this chapter the authors discuss how childhood studies and sociocultural theory, together with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, have influenced policy and practice initiatives, both within New Zealand and internationally... Read more 


Wilson, D., Smith, R., Tolmie, J., & de Haan, I. (2015).  
Becoming better helpers: Rethinking language to move beyond simplistic responses to women experiencing intimate partner violence.  
Policy Quarterly, 11(1), 25-31. (Open access) 
Summary: The prevalence of family violence is a persistent challenge facing New Zealand. Its effects are pervasive, spanning multiple levels: individuals, family / whānau, communities, and society in general. A major challenge in effectively addressing family violence is the apparent disconnect that exists between the various agencies and services that interact with families/whānau where abuse has become a defining feature of their lives. Despite efforts by agencies to become more collaborative, they tend to function in silos. In conducting a series of death reviews the Family Violence Death Review Committee has found agency records to reveal a lack of shared understanding of intimate partner violence as a gendered problem... Read more 




Basile, K. C., Smith, S. G., Breiding, M. J., Black, M. C., & Mahendra, R. (2014).
Sexual violence surveillance: Uniform definitions and recommended data elements. Version 2.0. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Summary: This is Version 2.0 of a set of recommendations designed to promote consistency in the use of terminology and data collection related to sexual violence. It updates version 1.0 published in 2002... Read more



Flynn, D. (2011).
Baby makes 3: Project report. Melbourne, Vic.: Whitehorse Community Health Service.
Summary: The Baby Makes 3 project is an example of promising practice in the emerging field of preventing violence against women. It is a primary prevention program that seeks to prevent violence before it occurs, by promoting equal and respectful relationships between men and women during the transition to parenthood. Funded by VicHealth, the Baby Makes 3 project involved a partnership.... Read more  



Howard, J. (2011).
Adolescent violence in the home: The missing link in family violence prevention and response. Sydney, NSW: Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse.
Summary: Key points from this ADFVC stakeholder paper: Adolescent violence in the home is a form of family violence, frequently resulting from children's experience of family violence and manifesting as the perpetration of violence against parents and other family members when they reach adolescence... Read more 



National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. (2015).
Supportive relationships and active skill-building strengthen the foundations of resilience. Cambridge, MA: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
Summary: Decades of research in the behavioral and social sciences have produced substantial evidence that children who do well despite serious hardship have had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult... Read more     



Journal articles


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Henry, N., & Powell, A. (2015).
Beyond the 'sext': Technology facilitated sexual violence and harassment against adult women. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 48(1), 104-118
Summary: In this paper, the authors examine the non-consensual creation and distribution of sexual images in the context of harassment, stalking and family or intimate violence. They argue that harmful digital communications are often framed as a problem of user naivete rather than gender-based violence... Read more 



Mace, G., Powell, M. B., & Benson, M. (2015).
An evaluation of Operation RESET: An initiative for addressing child sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities.
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 48(1), 82-103.
Summary: This paper presents a qualitative evaluation of Operation RESET: a multi-agency child protection strategy for remote Western Australian Aboriginal communities. RESET is a proactive engagement strategy involving a mobile multi-disciplinary specialist child abuse team comprising detectives and social workers. It is underpinned by the principles that preventing and responding to child sexual abuse must be a shared responsibility... Read more 



Maxwell, L., Devries, K., Zionts, D., Alhusen, J. L., & Campbell, J. (2014).
Estimating the effect of intimate partner violence on women's use of contraception: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
PLoS One, 10(2), e0118234 (open access)
Summary: This systematic review synthesizes existing evidence from the strongest study designs to estimate the impact of IPV on women's use of contraception... Read more  

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Check for the latest news

NZ Police look at response to family violence - 6 Mar, 2015
New Zealand Police are embarking on an internal change programme to improve the...

Prize offered for graduate student essay on gender-based violence in Aotearoa NZ - 5 Mar, 2015
The Women's Studies Association Aotearoa New Zealand has announced that entries...
OAG releases fourth monitoring report on Police conduct - 4 Mar, 2015
The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has released its Fourth Monitoring...

Practice Guide assists representation of battered mothers under Hague Convention - 4 Mar, 2015
The Hague Domestic Violence Project have released a Practice Guide to assist...
UK research project reports on impact of perpetrator programmes - 4 Mar, 2015
A UK project has published research findings on domestic violence perpeatrator...

UK toolkits provide guidance on investigating consent in sexual violence cases - 4 Mar, 2015
The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have published new guidance on...

2015 marks Beijing+20 and International Women's Day - 3 Mar, 2015
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for...

Treasuring our Tamariki: Children's Day 2015 - 26 Feb, 2015
The annual national Children's Day, Te Rā O Te Tamariki, will take place on...
New training resource on barriers and enablers to leaving a violent relationship - 12 Feb, 2015
Homeworks Trust has produced a board game for use in training on the barriers...

Are falling crime rates real? Salvation Army looks at data - 12 Feb, 2015
The Salvation Army's 2015 State of the Nation report raises questions about...
Resources on external and self-evaluation - 12 Feb, 2015
The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse has collated some resources on...   
Upcoming events
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11 March 2015 *NEW*
Child safety in online research with women experiencing intimate partner violence - ITRC Lunchtime seminar

11 March 2015 *NEW*
Poverty, Violence, Debt: Gender is Relevant - Fabians' session

18 March 2015 *NZFVC event*
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

25 March 2015 *NEW*
Client Led Quality Improvement - SSPA seminar

26 March 2015 *NEW*
Client Led Quality Improvement - SSPA seminar

27 March 2015 *NEW*
Client Led Quality Improvement - SSPA seminar

29 March - 1 April 2015
14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

31 March 2015 *NEW*
Louise Nicholas Day to Review Responses to Sexual Violence

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

7 & 8 May 2015 *NEW*
Family Violence, the Law and Restorative Justice - Conference and Follow-up Workshop
16-17 June 2015
Domestic abuse - Safety first - Training

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

5-9 July 2015 *NEW*
World Society of Victimology - 15th International Symposium
Perth, WA, Australia

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