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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.
Most of these items are freely available online. Contact your local library for full text access for any subscriber only articles.
Crichton, S., Templeton, R., & Tumen, S.(2015). Using administrative data to understand children at risk of poor outcomes as young adults
. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Treasury.Summary
: This paper summarises the main findings of an exploratory analysis of the Ministry of Social Development's Integrated Child Dataset (ICD). The analysis investigates the characteristics of children who are at risk of poor outcomes as young adults; their patterns of contact with selected government social service agencies; and some of the costs associated with the provision of services by those agencies... Read more
Elizabeth, V. (2015). From domestic violence to coercive control: Towards the recognition of oppressive intimacy in the family court. New Zealand Sociology
., 30(2), 26-43.
: Domestic violence is a gendered pattern of interaction that is increasingly viewed as a serious problem in Aotearoa New Zealand. However, a tendency to rely on the domestic violence paradigm means that physical violence, rather than coercive control, is often seen as the defining feature of oppressive family relationships... Read more
Eruera, M., & Ruwhiu, L. A. (2015). "Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe" catch hegemony by the toe: Validating cultural protective constructs for indigenous children in Aotearoa. A chapter in Fejo-King, C., Mataira, P. (Eds.). Expanding the conversation: International Indigenous social workers' insights into the use of Indigenist knowledge and theory in practice.
Torrens, ACT : Magpie Goose Publishing.
Summary: The purpose of this chapter is to critically explore and evaluate indigenous developmental and protective constructs. These are embedded within Māori customary values, beliefs, and principles that contribute to selfdetermination and inform culturally responsive practices. Furthermore, these provide solutions and interventions grounded in te reo me ōna tikanga to guide safe practices with mokopuna and their whānau... Read more
Ministry of Justice. (2015). 2014 New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey: Main findings. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Justice, 2015.
Summary: NZCASS provides policy makers, researchers and the public with information about the extent and nature of crime and victimisation in New Zealand. The NZCASS is a nationwide, face-to-face survey of New Zealand residents aged 15 years and over... Read more
Ministry of Justice. (2015). Victims Code. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Justice.
Summary: The Victims Code sets out how victims of crime can expect to be treated by the people, agencies and groups who are working to help them, and also explains their rights under the Victims' Rights Act 2002... Read more
Modernising Child, Youth and Family Expert Panel (Chair: Paula Rebstock). (2015). Modernising Child, Youth and Family: Expert Panel: Interim report. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Social Development.
Summary: Established in April 2015, this Panel's review focuses on the extent to which CYF's current operating model improves outcomes for children and young people, and any wider changes required to legislation and services provided by other agencies. The Panel has completed the first phase of work including: consultation across the wider social sector, review of the current operating model, and engagement with children, young people and front-line workers... Read more
New Zealand Productivity Commission. (2015). More effective social services. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Productivity Commission.
Summary: In June 2014, the Productivity Commission was asked to look at ways to improve how government agencies commission and purchase social services. The final report was released in mid-September 2015. It makes several recommendations about how to make social services more responsive, client-focused, accountable and innovative... Read more
Robertson, N., & Payne, P. (2015). A formative evaluation of the Waikato Family Safe Network pilot. Hamilton, New Zealand: School of Psychology, University of Waikato.
Summary: The objectives in this study were to: 1. Document the development of the Family Safe Network (FSN); 2. Develop a programme logic model for the FSN; 3. Identify the priorities for a more formal evaluation... Read more
Te Puni Kōkiri. (2015). Understanding whānau-centred approaches: Analysis of Phase One Whānau Ora research and monitoring results. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Puni Kōkiri.
Summary: The first phase of Whānau Ora (2010 - 2015) has focused on strengthening provider capability to design and deliver whānau-centred approaches. This report presents findings from the research and monitoring programmes undertaken during the first phase to determine: which components of whānau-centred approaches were evident during implementation, and the degree to which they aligned with recommendations from the Taskforce on Whānau-centred Initiatives... Read more
Callaghan, J. E. M., & Alexander, J. H. (2015). Understanding Agency and Resistance Strategies (UNARS): Children's experiences of domestic violence. Northampton, England: University of Northampton.
Summary: This report focuses on children's experiences of domestic violence, in families affected by domestic violence. This report is concerned with children's experiences in situations where the main perpetrator and victim of violence would be legally defined as two adults in an intimate relationship (not where the child is involved in 'dating violence'). Research and professional practice that focuses on children as damaged witnesses to domestic violence tends to describe children as passive and helpless. This study, based on interviews with more than a hundred children across four European countries, recognises the significant suffering caused to children who experience domestic violence. However, it also tells a parallel story... Read more
Edström, J., Hassink, A., Shahrokh, T., & Stern, E. (2015). Engendering men: A collaborative review of evidence on men and boys in social change and gender equity. Washington, DC: Promundo-US; Cape Town, South Africa: Sonke Gender Justice; Brighton, England: Institute of Development Studies.
Summary: Designed to help answer the question, 'what works best when it comes to engaging men and boys for gender equality?', this evidence review critically assesses trends and shifts in related social norms and structures over the past 20 years, successful policies and programmes and implications for best practice, and future directions for promoting men's and boys' support for gender equality across a variety of priority thematic areas... Read more
Fox, S., Southwell, A., Stafford, N., Goodhue, R., Jackson, D., & Smith, C. (2015). Better systems, better chances: A review of research and practice for prevention and early intervention. Canberra, ACT: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).
Summary: This paper has used available research to synthesise the factors that promote positive child development and to highlight factors that enable effective prevention and early intervention at a system-wide level... Read more
Gilles, K. (2015). Intimate partner violence and family planning: Opportunities for action. Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau.
Summary: This brief presents data to help policymakers and others understand the nature and extent of the harm caused by IPV, especially as it relates to women's reproductive health and autonomy, and highlights opportunities for action... Read more
Harris, A., Honey, N., Webster, K., Diemer, K., & Politof, V. (2015). Young Australians' attitudes to violence against women : findings from the 2013 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey for respondents 16 - 24 years. Melbourne, Vic.: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.
Summary: This report focuses on the responses given by 1,923 young people aged between 16 - 22 years who participated in NCAS. These findings are compared with those aged 35 - 64 years of age, enabling results to be compared between two generations... Read more
Parker, I. (2015). A link in the chain: The role of friends and family in tackling domestic abuse. London: Citizens Advice.
Summary: This report examines the role of informal networks (friends, family, colleagues and neighbours) in minimising domestic abuse. This report argues that to successfully minimise abuse, policy and practice must consider the social context of abusive relationships, to equip and support friends and family who may be aware of abuse... Read more
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Choenni, V., Hammink, A., & van de Mheen, D. (2015). Association between substance use and the perpetration of family violence: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, Advance online publication, 20 August 2015.
Summary: This review examines the association between alcohol and illicit drug use and the perpetration of intimate partner violence and child maltreatment... Read more
Enosh, G., & Bayer-Topilsky, T. (2015). Reasoning and bias: Heuristics in safety assessment and placement decisions for children at risk. British Journal of Social Work, 45(6), 1771-1787.
Summary: Whether the decision-making process for children at risk is biased against families from lower socio-economic or minority statuses remains a vexing question for social work practice and research. This study successfully isolates the subjective decision-making process and the intervening effect of overexposure of disadvantaged families to the welfare system by utilising a vignette-based factorial survey... Read more
Storer, H. L., Casey, E. A., Carlson, J., Edleson, J. L., & Tolman, R. A. (2015). Primary prevention is? A global perspective on how organizations engaging men in preventing gender-based violence conceptualize and operationalize their work. Violence Against Women, Advance online publication, 2 September 2015.
Summary: This study uses qualitative methods to describe how global anti-violence organizations that partner with men conceptualize primary prevention in their work. Findings suggest that "primary prevention" is not a fixed term in the context of violence against women... Read more
Tarzia, L., Murray, E., Humphreys, C., Glass, N., Taft, A., Valpied, J., & Hegarty, K. (2015). I-DECIDE: An online intervention drawing on the psychosocial readiness model for women experiencing domestic violence. Women's Health Issues, Advance online publication, 9 September 2015.
Summary: This article outlines the theoretical and conceptual development of I-DECIDE, an online healthy relationship tool and safety decision aid for women experiencing domestic violence... Read more
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Pacific Island Safety and Prevention Project closed
- 13 Oct, 2015
The Pacific Island Safety and Prevention Project ("the Project") has closed....
Productivity Commission releases final report on social services - 13 Oct, 2015
The Productivity Commission released its final report on improving how...
Victims Code launched - 13 Oct, 2015
Justice Minister Amy Adams launched a new Victims Code at the Red Raincoat...
Report on the first phase of Whānau Ora released - 13 Oct, 2015
Te Puni Kōkiri has released a report on the first phase of Whānau Ora (2010-..
Panel releases interim report on Child, Youth and Family - 11 Oct, 2015
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley released an interim report of the panel...
Postgraduate biostatistics scholarship offered by i-safe project - 8 Oct, 2015
A Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Postgraduate Research Scholarship in...
Sustainable Development Goals seek to strengthen interpersonal violence prevention - 7 Oct, 2015
Governments around the world formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable...
Warehouse Group establishes workplace protections for victims of family violence - 5 Oct, 2015
The Warehouse Group has launched a new initiative supporting employees who are...
Submissions open on Child Sex Offender Register - 23 Sep, 2015
The Government is seeking public feedback on the establishment of a Child Sex...
New project on partner and sexual violence in rainbow communities - 15 Sep, 2015
A new project which aims to prevent partner violence and sexual violence within...
UN Women toolkit supports Pacific region to end violence against women and girls - 8 Sep, 2015
UN Women have published a toolkit which seeks to support Pacific Island...
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