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Family Violence Clearinghouse


Issue 44
August 2015
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The focus this month is on Government initiatives and reports from various agencies.


News, views, and happenings in brief:

The NZFVC team

@ Tāmaki Innovation Campus
University of Auckland


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Tip of the month

Reading guide for legislative responses to family violence

The Clearinghouse has published a reading guide to provide access to New Zealand and international sources which may assist those wishing to participate in the consultation process initiated by the Strengthening New Zealand's legislative response to family violence discussion document.

Reading guide for legislative responses to family violence: a selected bibliography.

If you need to research any particular topic in more depth, please use the Clearinghouse library or contact the Information Specialist.

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

Ministry of Justice. (2015).
Strengthening New Zealand's legislative response to family violence: A public discussion document. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Justice.
Summary: The Ministry of Justice released this public discussion document on 5 August 2015. The Government is consulting about New Zealand's family violence laws. Views are sought about the ideas presented in this discussion document, along with any other ideas for strengthening New Zealand's family violence laws... Read more 


Adams, A., & Tolley, A. (2015).
Progress on the work programme for the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence: Cabinet paper. Wellington, New Zealand: Office of the Minister of Justice & Office of the Minister for Social Development.
Summary: This publicly released Cabinet Paper reports progress on the work of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. It seeks agreement to the Ministerial Group's proposed cross-government family violence work programme and endorsement of its sexual violence work programme. It includes a Portfolio analysis of family violence and sexual violence, including child abuse and neglect conducted in March 2015 identifying government spending on family violence and sexual violence... Read more

Family Violence Death Review Committee. (2015).
Activities report July 2014 to June 2015. Wellington, New Zealand: Health Quality and Safety Commission.
Summary: This report introduces new committee members, highlights progress made on recommendations from previous reports and the Committee's activities during this period. The Committee will release its next substantive (statistical) report in December 2015... Read more 



Law Commission. (2012).
Alternative pre-trial and trial processes: Possible reforms. Wellington, New Zealand: Law Commission.
Summary: In late 2014, this project was reactivated on request of the current Minister of Justice. The terms of reference for the project have not changed... Read more 



Roguski, M. (2015).
It's not OK Campaign community evaluation report. Wellington, New Zealand: It's not OK Campaign, Ministry of Social Development.
Summary: This evaluation was conducted to gain an in-depth understanding of how the 'It's not OK' Campaign has supported change to address and prevent family violence within communities. The evaluation involved an in-depth analysis of community stakeholder experiences in seven communities - see the case study reports. This is the overall evaluation report... Read more    

Case study 1: Counties Manukau Rugby League

Case study 2: Gisborne

Case study 3: Levin.

Case study 4: New Plymouth

Case study 5: Ohakune.

Case study 6: Paeroa

Case study 7: Taupo



Superu. (2015).
Families and whānau status report 2015. Wellington, New Zealand: Superu.
Summary: This document reports on family and whānau wellbeing... Read more 



Journal articles

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

Ritchie, M., Nelson, K., Wills, R., & Jones, L. (2013).
Does training and documentation improve emergency department assessments of victims of domestic violence?
Journal of Family Violence
, 28(5), 471-477.
Summary: This study aimed to determine whether training and documentation led to improved assessment of female victims of assault due to domestic violence presenting to an emergency department... Read more     



Shailer, J. L., Gammon, R., & de Terte, I. (2013).  

Youth with serious mental health disorders: wraparound as a promising intervention in New Zealand.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 186-213.
Summary: This article outlines the prevalence and characteristics of youth with serious mental health disorders. It also discusses community-based interventions used in New Zealand and their limitations. It introduces Wraparound, an intensive individualised coordination and care planning process... Read more



Westera, N. J., & Powell, M. B. (2015).
Prosecutors' perceptions of how to improve the quality of evidence in domestic violence cases.
Policing and Society, Advance online publication, 23 June 2015.
Summary: Limited evidence in domestic violence prosecutions is a persistent problem. Focus groups with 13 prosecutors from across Australia and New Zealand were used to explore how to improve the quality of evidence collected and presented in these cases... Read more  



Pacific Disability Forum, & Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation. (2015).
Toolkit on eliminating violence against women and girls with disabilities in Fiji. Suva, Fiji: Pacific Disability Federation.
Summary: This toolkit is part of the pilot project called a Toolkit on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Fiji. The project is a joint partnership between the Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation and Pacific Disability Forum... Read more  



Unicef. (2015).
Harmful connections: Examining the relationship between violence against women and violence against children in the South Pacific. Suva, Fiji: Unicef.
Summary: This report is a literature review that aims to develop a deeper understanding of what is known about the connection between violence against women and violence against children in the South Pacific Island countries, specifically Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu... Read more



Journal articles


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


Abramsky, T., Devries, K., Kiss, L., Nakuti, J., Kyegombe, N., Starmann, E., . . . Watts, C. (2014).
Findings from the SASA! study: Cluster randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of a community mobilization intervention to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV risk in Kampala, Uganda.
BMC Medicine, 12, 122.  
Summary: The SASA! study assessed the community-level impact of SASA!, a community mobilization intervention to prevent violence and reduce HIV-risk behaviors... Read more 


De Koker, P., Mathews, C., Zuch, M., Bastien, S., & Mason-Jones, A. (2014).

A systematic review of interventions for preventing adolescent intimate partner violence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(1), 3-13.
Summary: This systematic review found eight articles reporting on six randomized controlled trials. Four interventions contained both school and community components...
Read more 

Taft, A., & Small, R. (2014).  
Preventing and reducing violence against women: Innovation in community-led studies.  
BMC Medicine, 12:155. 
Summary: Intervention science to prevent or reduce the problem is in its infancy, and the few existing intervention studies have been targeted at the individual level...


In the news 


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Check for the latest news



Review of family violence laws: Government discussion document released - 5 Aug, 2015 

Discussion document on review of family violence laws to be released - 3 Aug, 2015
Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced that a discussion paper on proposed...

Ministerial group launches new family violence work programme - 29 Jul, 2015
Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley have...

Community Internship Programme 2015 applications open - 29 Jul, 2015
Applications are open for community groups to gain a skilled professional free...
Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence proceedings available online - 29 Jul, 2015
The Royal Commission into Family Violence underway in Victoria, Australia, is...
Call for inquiry into equality of access to justice - 29 Jul, 2015
The Green Party has called for the Justice and Electoral Select Committee to...
MSD trials Predictive Risk Modelling - 29 Jul, 2015
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is trialling the use of Predictive...
Law Commission to review non-fatal strangulation and homicide by victims - 16 Jul, 2015
Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to review how best to...
Report proposes way to evaluate family court reforms - 15 Jul, 2015
The University of Otago and the New Zealand Law Foundation have published a...
Harmful Digital Communications Bill passes into legislation - 9 Jul, 2015
A Bill which seeks to prevent cyberbullying and better support victims passed...

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