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Issue 45
September 2015
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This is a bumper "spring" edition of the Pānui. Included in the New Zealand Resources section are papers relevant to current law reform initiatives, an evaluation of the Mates & Dates pilot programme, and articles on the topical issue of managing released sex offenders. In the International Resources section, there are six new papers from ANROWS and following on from our successful symposium on community mobilisation, we include some resources from SASA!, a world leading violence prevention project based in east Africa.

Read on for more new resources, news and events. 

The NZFVC team
@ Tāmaki Innovation Campus
University of Auckland
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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

Most of these items are freely available online. Contact your local library for full text access for any subscriber only articles.

Confidential Listening and Assistance Service. (2015).
Some memories never fade: Final report of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service: 2015. (Chair, Judge Carolyn Henwood). Wellington, New Zealand Confidential Listening & Assistance Service.
Summary: The Confidential Listening and Assistance Service was established in 2008 by the Government as an independent agency supported by the Department of Internal Affairs. Its purpose is set out in the Terms of Reference. This final report comes with the closure of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service. The six sections are briefly described. Part One: This section gives an overview of the service, initial challenges in its establishment and concerns identified by participants who told their story to the panel... Read more

Office of the Children's Commissioner. (2015).
State of care 2015: What we learnt from monitoring Child, Youth and Family
. Wellington, New Zealand: Office of the Children's Commissioner.
Summary; This report is the first annual summary from the OCC's independent monitoring of Child, Youth and Family's policies, practices and services. It includes feedback from children and young people about their experiences in the system. While the 2015 report found pockets of excellent practice within Child, Youth and Family, it also highlights inconsistencies in the care and services provided to children... Read more

Auckland Council in partnership with The Collective. (2015). Tāmaki Makaurau - E Tu: Working together to end violence in Auckland. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland Council.
Summary: This document sets out a strategic approach to addressing violence in Auckland and a series of collective actions that can be started now. This work builds on the decades of work led by the domestic, family, whānau and sexual violence sector and utilises the principles of Collective Impact... Read more

Accident Compensation Corporation. (2015).
Mates & Dates: Focus groups - a summary. Wellington, New Zealand: ACC.
Summary: During February and March 2014, ACC held focus groups and individual interviews with parents, teachers, guidance counsellors, youth workers, public health nurses and students. This is a summary of the focus group feedback... Read more

Duncan, A., & Kingi, V. (2015).
Evaluation of ACC's Mates and Dates: School-based healthy relationships primary prevention programme pilot. Wellington, New Zealand: Lighthouse Consulting New Zealand.
Summary: ACC developed a healthy relationships sexual violence primary prevention programme. This programme, known as 'Mates and Dates', was piloted in 2014. This is the executive summary of the evaluation of the pilot... Read more

Hamill, C., & Marshall, C. (2015).
"Family violence, the law and restorative justice": Summary of proceedings. Public conference and workshop held in Wellington, 7-8 May 2015. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington.
Summary: The aim of these events was to consider critically the strengths and weaknesses of prevailing adversarial approaches to family violence and of restorative justice alternatives - and the potential for combining the benefits of both to achieve better outcomes for victims... Read more

Information sharing agreement for improving public services to vulnerable children: authorised by Part 9A of the Privacy Act 1993. (2015). Lead agency: Ministry of Social Development. Wellington, New Zealand: Children's Action Plan, Ministry of Social Development.
Summary: The Approved Information Sharing Agreement (AISA) is a legal framework which "provides clarity and certainty about what information about vulnerable children and their families/whānau government agencies can share, for what reasons and with whom."... Read more

New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. (2015).
Child sexual abuse and adult sexual violence: Perpetration by gender. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland.
Summary: This is a collation of publicly available New Zealand data on child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault which includes information about the gender of the perpetrator... Read more

McLean, C., & Garrett, N. (2014).
Increasing VIP programmes' responsiveness to Māori: A whānau-centred approach for the VIP programme. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.
Summary: This resource was born out of a desire by Violence Intervention Programme (VIP) coordinators working in hospitals across New Zealand to increase the effectiveness of the programme for Māori. Independent evaluation results show that VIP indicators for cultural responsiveness have been increasing over time but more slowly and more variably than others. This resource aims to improve VIP programme responsiveness to Māori by sharing success stories and 'lessons learned'... Read more

Rankine, J., Percival, T., Finau, E., Hope, L., Kingi, P., Peteru, M.C.,... Selu, E. (2015).
Pacific peoples, violence, and the Power and Control Wheel Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Advance online publication, 12 August 2015.
Summary: This qualitative project was the first to study values and practices about sexual assault among migrant communities from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, and Tuvalu in New Zealand. It aimed to identify customs, beliefs, and practices among these ethnic groups that were protective and preventive factors against sexual violence... Read more

Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. (2015).
Family resilience (In Focus, August 2015). Wellington, New Zealand: Superu.
Summary: Many families cope successfully with difficult situations and can adapt according to their circumstances. What is it about these families that enables them to cope, and even thrive, despite the odds? This paper looks at the capacity of families to respond and adapt as situations arise. Rather than focusing on particular risks or adversities that some families face, or the outcomes that these risks may lead to, it combines resilience and family-level approaches to deepen our understanding of family resilience... Read more 

Waldegrave, C. (2015).
Measuring elder abuse in New Zealand: Findings from the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA). Wellington, New Zealand: Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit.
Summary: There have been no previous studies measuring the prevalence of elder abuse in New Zealand. The aim of this study was to provide an evidence base of the prevalence of elder abuse, some of the populations most affected and the observed impacts of it. The data comes from the second wave of the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA)... Read more

Wilson, C. (2015).
A review of the Healthy Relationships programme: Does it work for people with learning disabilities? Wellington, New Zealand: SAMS.
Summary: In 2011 the Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust (NZ) received funding from the Ministry of Justice to create a violence and abuse prevention programme for adults with learning disabilities. Fullpower (NZ) developed a programme called Healthy Relationships building on the curriculum of and in close collaboration with Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International... Read more

Woolson Neville, D., & Gremillion, H. (2015).
Experiencing women's advocacy: Connections with and departures from a feminist socio-political movement to end violence against women (Research report series 2/2015). Auckland, New Zealand: Unitec.
: This article examines how contemporary women's advocates working in New Zealand with women experiencing intimate partner violence regard their work and how these experiences both connect with and depart from a feminist movement to end violence against women. Ten women's advocates from ten different organisations were interviewed... Read more 

Papers relevant to the review of family violence laws 
Henaghan, M., & Ballantyne, R. (2011).
Legal responses to violence in the home in New Zealand. UNSW Law Journal, 83(3), 870-894.
Summary: An overview of the development of legal responses to family violence in New Zealand... Read more 

House of Representatives, Law and Order Committee. (2015). Petition 2011/124 of Ann Hodgetts and 744 others: Report of the Law and Order Committee. (Chairperson, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi). Wellington, New Zealand: House of Representatives, Law and Order Committee.
Summary: The Law and Order Committee has made a number of recommendations in response to this petition related to the effectiveness and enforcement of protection orders and better case management of protection orders... Read more

Papers relevant to the Law Commission review of non-fatal strangulation and homicide by victims

Davey, G. (2014).
Does New Zealand need a specific criminal offence for strangulation? A paper written for LLM Criminal Law and Policy, University of Auckland
Summary: This paper explores the rationale and implications of the recommendation made by the Family Violence Death Review Committee in 2014 that New Zealand enacts a specific criminal offence for non-fatal strangulation... Read more 

Wake, N. (2015).
'His home is his castle. And mine is a cage': A new partial defence for primary victims who kill. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 66(2), 151-177.
Summary: The author proposes a new partial defence for the primary victim in murder/manslaughter cases be introduced in New Zealand and the Australian state of Victoria. The author proposes an entirely new defence predicated on a fear of serious violence and several threshold filter mechanisms designed to accommodate the circumstances of primary victims.... Read more 

These articles describe the CoSA programme for the community reintegration of child sex offenders

Chisholm, D. (2015)
Deliver us from evil. The Listener, 8 August 2015,16-23.
Summary: This magazine article describes the Circle of Support & Accountability from the perspective of the offender, supporting volunteers and professional support workers and contrasts this programme with those who receive little support on leaving prison. The introduction of CoSA in New Zealand is further described in the next two articles... Read more

van Rensburg, J. (2014).
Preparing core members for Circles of Support & Accountability in New Zealand. Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal, 2(1), 35-39.
Summary: This paper describes the preparation undertaken to prepare sex offenders, known as core members, to be eligible for the Circles of Support & Accountability programme in New Zealand... Read more

van Rensburg, Jim (2012).
The dawn of Circles of Support & Accountability in New Zealand. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 4(2): 30-35.
Summary: This paper describes the introduction of Circles of Support & Accountability programme in New Zealand. CoSA is a reintegration mechanism for high-risk child sex offenders. The aim of this paper is to review the early development of CoSA...
Read more  
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) has recently published six new State of knowledge papers in the Landscapes series (issues 3-8):

Blag, H., Bluett-Boyd, N., & Williams, E. (2015).
Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women: State of knowledge paper. Landscapes, 8.
Summary: This state of knowledge paper draws on both national and international literature and policy and program evaluations, to establish what is currently known about innovative responses to violence against Indigenous women in Australia... Read more

Breckenridge, J., Chung, D., Spinney, A., & Zufferey, C. (2015). National mapping and meta-evaluation outlining key features of effective "safe at home" programs that enhance safety and prevent homelessness for women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence: State of knowledge paper. Landscapes, 5.
Summary: This research project has been designed to provide a national mapping and meta-evaluation of the key features of "safe at home" programs that enhance safety and prevent homelessness for women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence... Read more

Cortis, N., & Bullen, J. (2015).
Building effective policies and services to promote women's economic security following domestic violence: state of knowledge paper. Landscapes, 7.
Summary: This report outlines the state of knowledge about the economic tactics and financial impact of domestic violence, and ways to promote women's economic security during and following violence... Read more

Frawley, P., Dyson, S., Robinson, S., & Dixon, J. (2015).
What does it take? Developing informed and effective tertiary responses to violence and abuse of women and girls with disabilities in Australia: State of knowledge paper. Landscapes, 3.
Summary: The aim of this paper is to establish the state of knowledge about tertiary responses to violence and abuse for women and girls with disabilities. Reviewing existing literature to better understand the current state of knowledge... Read more

Quadara, A., Dyson, S., Robinson, S., & Dixon, J. (2015).
Establishing the connection [between alcohol and other drug use and sexual victimisation]: State of knowledge paper. Landscapes, 6.
Summary: The review explores: the prevalence of sexual violence and alcohol and other drug use (AOD) in Australia; the association between alcohol and other drug use and severity of, or vulnerability to, sexual violence and re-victimisation; correlations between child sexual abuse and subsequent alcohol and other drug use, and adult sexual abuse... Read more

Wendt, S., Chung, D., Elder, A., & Bryant, L. (2015).
Seeking help for domestic violence: Exploring rural women's coping experiences: state of knowledge paper. Landscapes, 4.
Summary: This state of knowledge paper examines research and literature on the effects of social and geographical isolation and remoteness on the ability of women to disclose, report, seek help, and receive appropriate interventions following domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault... Read more

Bowyer, S. (2015).
Social work recruitment and retention (Strategic briefing, July 2015). Totnes, England: Research in Practice.
Summary: This briefing aims to: Provide an overview of pertinent research about the factors that influence workers' decisions to leave or to remain within an organization:. Introduce tools to assess and monitor 'workforce health... Read more

Cassell, E., & Clapperton, A. (2015).
Hospital-treated assault injury among Victorian women aged 15 years and over due to intimate partner violence (IPV), Victoria 2009/10 to 2013/14 (Hazard, 79). Melbourne, Vic.: Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit, Monash Injury Research Institute.
Summary: The aims of this study are to investigate the frequency and pattern of physical injury among women presenting to hospital for treatment of injuries caused by IPV-related assaults and to make a preliminary assessment of the completeness of IPV assault data... Read more

Futures Without Violence. (2015).
Safe, healthy and ready to learn: Policy recommendations to ensure children thrive in supportive communities free from violence and trauma. San Francisco, CA: Futures Without Violence.
Summary: In this document, the working group developed a set of recommendations that will support seven identified goals.ll  Read more

Lloyd, K. (2015).
Homophobia, transphobia and men's behaviour change work. Burnley North, Vic.: No To Violence.
Summary: To explore this issue the following methods were used: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with selected service providers in metropolitan Victoria who either work with male perpetrators of family violence in MBCPs or provide other supports to this cohort of men. Open-ended interview techniques gave research participants the opportunity to respond to a topic in their own words and provide as much or as little information as they felt appropriate... Read more

These are just some of the community mobilisation resources and papers about SASA!, The co-founder of this project, Lori Michau, featured in last month's Clearinghouse symposium via video... See and read more 

Chevannes, C., & Michau, L. (2007).
SASA!: A film about women, violence and HIV/AIDS. [DVD]
Summary: This DVD showcases the SASA! project, a phased community mobilisation intervention. Read more

Kyegombe, N., Starmann, E., Devries, K., Michau, L., Nakuti, J., Musuya, T.,...Heise, L. (2014).
'SASA! is the medicine that treats violence': Qualitative findings on how a community mobilisation intervention to prevent violence against women created change in Kampala, Uganda. Global Health Action, Advance online publication, 12 September 2014.
Summary: Primary prevention of IPV is a relatively new focus of international efforts and what SASA!, a phased community mobilisation intervention, seeks to achieve... Read more

Raising Voices. (2011).
SASA! Mobilising communities to inspire social change. Kampala, Uganda: Raising Voices.
Summary: Unpacking the SASA! Approach. This publication is a summary of the SASA! Activist Kit and how it came to be. Raising Voices and partners reflect upon the background that brought SASA! to life, explain the contents and phased approach, and share stories of how the approach is currently being used in diverse communities... Read more

Trocaire, & Raising Voices. (2011).
Through the voice of faith: Learnings to inspire domestic violence prevention through faith institutions. Kampala, Uganda: Raising Voices.
Summary: This Learning Paper describes a domestic violence prevention initiative driven through the voice of the Catholic Church of Uganda. The learnings from this initiative have provoked broad reflection about the power of faith in many countries of the Global South, and thus the potential of accelerating positive change at scale through effective collaboration with faith institutions.... Read more   
Journal articles
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Barlow, A., Mullany, B., Neault, N., Goklish, N., Billy, T., Hastings, R.,.. Walkup, J. T. (2015).
Paraprofessional-delivered home-visiting intervention for American Indian teen mothers and their children: 3 year outcomes from a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(2), 154-162.
Summary: Teen mothers on three American Indian reservations improved on several measures of parenting capability after participating in Family Spirit, a home-visiting intervention developed with [National Institute on Drug Abuse] NIDA support.... Read more

Crowe, A., & Murray, C. (2015).
Stigma from professional helpers toward survivors of intimate partner violence. Partner Abuse, 6(2), 157-179. Summary: The authors explored experiences of stigma from professional helpers toward survivors of intimate partner violence in two related studies with a combined sample of 231 participants... Read more

Murray, C., Crowe, A., & Akers, W. (2015).
How can we end the stigma surrounding domestic and sexual violence?: a modified Delphi study with national advocacy leaders. Journal of Family Violence, Advance online publication, 24 July 2015
Summary: The purpose of this study was to use a modified Delphi methodology study to identify priority actions that can be taken at the individual, local, and national levels to eliminate the stigma surrounding domestic and sexual violence... Read more

Shishehgar, S., Gholizadeh, L., DiGiacomo, M., & Davidson, P. M. (2015).
The impact of migration on the health status of Iranians: An integrative literature review. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 15, 20.
Summary: Background Immigration, both voluntary and forced, is driven by social, political and economic factors. Accordingly, some discussions and debates have emerged in recent years about the impact of migration on the health status of migrants. The aim of this review was to identify the impact of migration on the health status of Iranian immigrants and present a conceptual framework to facilitate the design and delivery of services and supports for this particular immigrant group... Read more

Woodlock, D. (2015).
The abuse of technology in domestic violence and stalking. Violence Against Women, forthcoming
Summary: This article examines the research findings of the SmartSafe study conducted by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV)... Read more  
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A memorial to Brigitte Nimmo has been created, containing messages from Brigitte's colleagues, friends and family

Applications for the 2016 Social Work Study Awards open - 8 Sep, 2015
Applications for the 2016 NGO Social Work Study Awards opened on 3 August 2015...    
Community mobilisation symposium - materials now online - 7 Sep, 2015
Presentations from the community mobilisation symposium hosted by the...

Bill introduced to establish sex offender register - 7 Sep, 2015
A Bill to enable the establishment of a child sex offender register was...

ACC releases evaluation summary from Mates and Dates pilot - 3 Sep, 2015
ACC has released a summary of the evaluation of its healthy relationships...

Court information sharing rules changed to support family violence decisions - 2 Sep, 2015
Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced new information sharing rules between... 

Approved Information Sharing Agreement (AISA) signed - 1 Sep, 2015
An agreement has been signed which clarifies what information government...
Pilot provides Judges with defendant's family violence history - 1 Sep, 2015
Judges making bail decisions will be provided with the defendant's family...
Children's Commissioner publishes monitoring report on Child, Youth and Family - 27 Aug, 2015
The Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) has published a report, State...
Bill to make registration mandatory for social workers - 27 Aug, 2015
A Bill which seeks to make registration mandatory for social workers has been...
Report documents abuses of children in state care - 27 Aug, 2015
The final report of Confidential Listening and Assistance Service has been...
Data on unique offenders and unique crime victims released - 27 Aug, 2015
New Zealand Police and Statistics New Zealand began releasing statistics about...

Report examines elder abuse and neglect in New Zealand - 27 Aug, 2015
The Ministry of Social Development has published a report on elder abuse and...
White Ribbon announces 2015 campaign "Respectful relationships" - 17 Aug, 2015
White Ribbon has announced that its 2015 campaign will focus on respectful...
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