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Issue 48
December 2015
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Another busy year is coming to an end, and as usual there has been a flurry of reports published in the last few weeks. We hope you will have an opportunity to read some of these if you have any quiet spells during January. If not, they can all be found in the database if you need them later on.

We have made a small change to our home page, recognising that some people who find our website may be looking for support which is outside the scope of the service we provide. Find support services here links to details of family and sexual violence  helplines, and the many organisations listed on our Links page.
News, views and happenings in brief:

Read on for more new resources, news and events. 

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Season's greetings

The NZFVC team wishes all our readers a safe and festive Christmas / New Year break.

NZFVC closes for the Christmas/New Year break on 23 December, reopening on Monday 11 January 2016.   
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
Koziol-McLain, J., & McLean, C. (2015).
Hospital responsiveness to family violence: 120 month follow-up evaluatio
n. Auckland, New Zealand: Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research, Auckland University of Technology. 
Summary: This report documents nationwide results of the inaugural Snapshot audit of VIP implementation in three selected services along with results of the Delphi Audit of VIP System indicators... Read more 

Law Commission. (2015).
The justice response to victims of sexual violence: Criminal trials and alternative processes (NZLC Report 136). Wellington, New Zealand: Law Commission.
Summary: Sexual violence remains one of the most significantly under-reported forms of criminal offending. Many aspects of the trial process and its outcomes (conviction and imprisonment) are incompatible with what victims of sexual violence need and want. This report proposes improvements. It confirms that many victims of sexual violence fear how they will be treated in a criminal trial.... Read more 

Law Commission. (2015).
Victims of family violence who commit homicide (NZLC issues paper, no. 39). Wellington, New Zealand: Law Commission.
Summary: The Issues Paper considers the law that applies when victims of family violence kill their abusers. It identifies three main areas in which there is a risk the current criminal justice system is not adequately providing for victims of family violence who commit homicide. These areas include the operation of self-defence, how the law recognises the culpability of these defendants when self-defence is not available (given the absence of any partial defence), and persisting myths and misconceptions about family violence which mean these defendants can struggle to have their experiences understood and may receive inequitable treatment before the law... Read more

Office of the Chief Social Worker. (2015).
Review of practice for sexual exploitation of vulnerable adolescents in Auckland. Wellington, New Zealand : Child, Youth and Family, Ministry of Social Development.
Summary: This is a redacted report prepared by the Chief Social Worker, which was released on 3 December 2015. The review of practice examines the involvement of Child, Youth and Family (CYF) with the young people involved in the Police 'Operation Clover'... Read more 

Social Services Committee. (2015). 
Inquiry into the funding of sexual violence social services. Wellington, New Zealand : House of Representatives.
Summary: This Select Committee inquiry into funding commenced in 2013. An interim report was published in 2014, and further issues were pursued when the inquiry was reinstated following the 2014 election. The report contains 32 recommendations... Read more

Office of the Children's Commissioner. (2015).
Being child-centred: Elevating children's interests in the work of your organisation. Wellington, New Zealand: Office of the Children's Commissioner.
Summary: Being child-centred is about elevating the status of children's interests and views in the decision-making processes of your organisation. Consider the impact on children and take their voices into account... Read more

Mayeda, D.T., & Vijaykumar, R. (2015).
Developing intimate partner violence intervention services for youth from migrant communities of colour: A technical report for Shakti Community Council, Inc. based on interviews with youth from Asian and Middle Eastern communities in Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.
Summary: Despite significant growth of migrant families from Asia, the Middle East and Africa in New Zealand, research on IPV with these communities is thin. Additionally, over the last two years, media has reported the deaths of at least three migrant women of colour, killed allegedly by their domestic partners. These tragedies and other forms of IPV transpiring behind closed doors call for action-based research with New Zealand's migrant communities of colour. This report stems from a community-driven, mixed methods research project conducted with 27 young women and adolescent girls from Auckland, New Zealand who provided their perspectives on the ways that IPV is experienced and understood in migrant Asian and Middle Eastern communities... Read more

Mayeda, D. T., & Vijaykumar, R. (2015).
Intersections of culture, migration and intimate partner violence as told by migrant youth. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 4, 208-219, 208-219.
Summary: Like many other western nations, New Zealand has experienced significant migration since the mid-1980s. According to the most recent census, roughly one out of every four persons living in New Zealand is foreign born. The significant number of migrants to New Zealand of Asian and Middle Eastern ancestries has led to the development of rich and diverse ethnic enclaves. However, young people from these communities experience significant pressures to assimilate into western culture, which sometimes clash with parental desires to perpetuate cultural traditions... Read more

National Council of Women of New Zealand. (2015).
Enabling women's potential: The social, economic and ethical imperative. Wellington, New Zealand: National Council of Women of New Zealand.
Summary; Gender inequality persists in all aspects of New Zealand society - from health, safety and economic wellbeing, to education, influence and decision making. It negatively impacts businesses, government, families and the community, as well as individuals. Research shows we'll be better off socially and economically if we're gender equal. It's a basic human right... Read more

Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. (2015).
Families with complex needs: International approaches (In Focus, November 2015). Wellington, New Zealand: Superu.
Summary: Supporting families with complex needs often requires funding and delivery arrangements that differ from standard social services. A continuum of interventions, including individual, targeted approaches alongside universal approaches, is required to bring about significant change at the population level. This In Focus provides an overview of approaches to support families with complex needs across the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada... Read more

Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. (2015). Integrated social services for vulnerable people (What works, November 2015). Wellington, New Zealand: Superu.
Summary: Provision of integrated social services is not new. It is however, increasingly being seen as key to addressing service fragmentation and inefficiencies. But what do we know about how well social service integration works to improve outcomes for vulnerable groups of people, in New Zealand and internationally? This What Works brings together information on the effectiveness of integrated social services, including what is known about how, when, and for whom integrated social services are most effective... Read more

These older reports are relevant to recent news items 
It's not OK Campaign. (2010).
"Media advocacy project": Project summary. Wellington, New Zealand: It's not OK Campaign, Ministry of Social Development.
Summary: The It's not OK media advocacy project aimed to change the way the New Zealand news media reports family violence. It was clear when the Campaign began that its goal of changing community attitudes towards family violence could not be achieved without good quality and plentiful reporting in the news media... Read more

Wilson, C. (2011).
Teenpower violence prevention project: 2011 evaluation. Wellington, New Zealand: SAMS.
Summary: This is an evaluation of the Teenpower Violence Project in year 8 and 10 classrooms in the Nelson/Tasman Districts. The evaluation took the form an intensive quantitative study using survey material that aimed to cover the central aims of the project and qualitative research designed to add depth and richness to the quantitative material.. Read more
ANROWS State of knowledge papers   
Breckenridge, J., Rees, S., Valentine, K., & Murray, S. (2015). Meta-evaluation of existing interagency partnerships, collaboration, coordination and/or integrated interventions and service responses to violence against women: State of knowledge paper.
ANROWS Landscapes
, Issue 11.
Summary: This state of knowledge paper presents a preliminary overview of the literature on the partnerships, collaborations and integrated interventions in relation to domestic and family violence and sexual assault in the international and Australian context... Read more

Holder, R., Putt, J., & O'Leary, C. (2015).
Advocacy for safety and empowerment: State of knowledge paper. ANROWS Landscapes, Issue 9.
Summary: This paper analyses critical, policy, service and research literature on responses to Aboriginal women experiencing family and domestic violence in Australia; focusing on non-legal and non-clinical services and women's specialist services in regional and remote settings.. Read more

Macvean, M., Humphreys, C., Healey, L., Albers, B., Mildon, R., Connolly, M., . . . Spada-Rinaldis, S. (2015).
The PATRICIA Project: PAThways and Research In Collaborative Inter-Agency working: State of knowledge paper. ANROWS Landscapes, Issue 14.
Summary: This paper presents the state of knowledge on practices or processes used by child protection services and specialist domestic violence services or family law services to work better together and improve service responses for women and children living with and separating from family violence. A framework of interagency working was used to help identify the types of interagency components - including infrastructure and service components - involved in each model... Read more

Quadara, A. (2015).
Implementing trauma-informed systems of care in health settings: The WITH study: State of knowledge paper ANROWS Landscapes, Issue 10.
Summary: This paper examines the available literature on trauma-informed frameworks, models and guidelines that guide organisations to improve service provision to survivors of sexual violence with mental health problems. It finds that while both academic and grey literature show consistent themes about the principles of trauma-informed care, there is little evaluative evidence to inform organisational and systemic change. To address the challenges in producing evaluative evidence... Read more

Sutherland, G., McCormack, A., Pirkis, J., Easteal, P., Holland, K., & Vaughan, C. (2015).
Media representations of violence against women and their children: State of knowledge paper.
ANROWS Landscapes, Issue 15.
Summary: This paper provides an overview of the best available contemporary evidence on the way news and information media portray violence against women. In the paper studies are grouped into three broad areas of inquiry: 1) media representation (how content and discourse are used in news items on violence against women); 2) audience reception (how audiences interpret news on violence against women and how risk is perceived and managed); and 3) news production (what practices are used in reporting on violence against women and their children)... Read more

Vaughan, C., Davis, E., Murdolo, A., Murray, L., Block, K., Quiazon, R., & Warr, D. (2015).
Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia: The ASPIRE Project: State of knowledge paper.
ANROWS Landscapes, Issue 12.
Summary: This state of knowledge paper examines a broad range of national and international research to present the current knowledge about family violence against immigrant and refugee women. While the paper identifies critical evidence on the topic, it acknowledges that much of the available literature has methodological issues, including incomplete and inconclusive prevalence data; small sample sizes; and conceptualising family violence in ways that are not recognised by immigrant and refugee communities. The paper finds... Read more

Other reports

Crehan, P., & McCleary-Sills, J. (2015).
Brief on violence against sexual and gender minority women: Violence Against Women and Girls resource guide. World Bank.
Summary: The term "sexual minorities" refers to individuals whose sexual orientation is outside the heterosexual mainstream. "Sexual minority women" refers to women who identify as lesbian or bisexual. Yet it also encompasses those who participate in an array of non-heterosexual acts, also called "same-sex loving women". "Gender minorities" are individuals whose gender identity/expression does not fit into the distinct categories of male or female, or "cisgender".... Read more

Franzway, S., Wendt, S., Moulding, N., Zufferey, C., Chung, D., & Elder, A. (2015).
Gendered violence and citizenship: The long term effects of domestic violence on mental health, housing, work and social activity. Preliminary report. Magill, SA: University of South Australia.
Summary: This report presents the preliminary findings from a research project funded by the Australian Research Council. The project examined the longer-term effects on women who have experienced IPV and how this affects their everyday lives, wellbeing and aspirations, following separation from a violent partner. The project had two components: a national online survey and face-to-face qualitative interviews. Women who participated in the survey self-selected as having experienced or currently experiencing intimate partner violence... Read more

Holder, J., Bell, E., & Schauerhammer, V. (2015).
"We want to learn about good love": Findings from a qualitative study assessing the links between comprehensive sexuality education and violence against women and girls. London: Plan International UK.
Summary; Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) - including learning about relationships, gender and gender-based violence (GBV), sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) - can empower young people to make informed, autonomous decisions regarding their current and future relationships. CSE may also influence a positive shift in social norms which underpin violence against women and girls (VAWG), such as harmful notions of masculinity, and rigid gender roles and stereotypes - both in schools and the wider community... Read more

Our Watch, VicHealth (Victorian Health Promotion Foundation), & ANROWS. (2015).
Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. Melbourne, Vic.: Our Watch.
Summary: Change the story presents the evidence and a conceptual approach for preventing violence against women and their children in Australia. It is a framework for a shared understanding and collaborative action, with six interrelated elements, all of which need to be in place to achieve this objective. Follow the website link for more information about the development of this framework... Read more

PwC. (2015).
A high price to pay:The economic case for preventing violence against women. Melbourne, Vic.: Our Watch.
Summary: PwC has partnered with Our Watch and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) to develop this important report on the costs and benefits of preventing violence against women. Our Watch and VicHealth are organisations at the forefront of preventing violence against women and the report has benefited greatly from their input and partnership. The report will be lodged as a public submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. The cost of violence against women is high and increasing in Australia... Read more

Unicef. (2015).
For every child, a fair chance: The promise of equity. New York,: Unicef.
Summary: Unicef's commitment to equity - giving a fair chance in life to every child, everywhere, especially the most disadvantaged - is built on the conviction that it is right in principle and evidence that it is right in practice. This report makes the case for closing persistent gaps in equity, because the cycle of inequity is neither inevitable nor insurmountable, and the cost of inaction is too high... Read more

United Nations Statistics Division. (2015).
The world's women 2015: Trends and statistics. New York: United Nations.
Summary: In the 2015 edition, see in particular Chapter 5: Power and decision making and Chapter 6: Violence against women. The World's Women reports are prepared by the Statistics Division of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) at five-year intervals, starting in 1990. Five reports have been published as part of The World's Women series... Read more 
Journal articles
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Bourey, C., Whitney, W., Bernstein, E. E., & Stephenson, R. (2015).
Systematic review of structural interventions for intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries: Organizing evidence for prevention. BMC Public Health, 15, 1165.
Summary: Despite growing attention to intimate partner violence (IPV) globally, systematic evaluation of evidence for IPV prevention remains limited. This particularly is true in relation to low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), where researchers often organize evidence by current interventions strategies rather than comprehensive models of IPV... Read more

Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Corbo Crehan, A. (2015). Enhancing police responses to domestic violence incidents: reports from client advocates in New South Wales. Violence Against Women, Advance online publication, 13 November 2015.
Summary: In an online survey about experiences with the police complaint system, 239 client advocates described a recent incident in which a client with grounds to lodge a complaint declined to do so. Almost one third of those incidents involved domestic violence... Read more

Henry, N., & Powell, A. (2015).
Embodied harms: Gender, shame, and technology-facilitated sexual violence. Violence Against Women, 21(6), 758-779.
Summary: Criminality in cyberspace has been the subject of much debate since the 1990s, yet comparatively little attention has been paid to technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment (TFSV). The aim of this article is to explore the ways in which retraditionalised gender hierarchies and inequalities are manifested in online contexts... Read more

Macdonald, G. S. (2015).
Domestic violence and private Family Court proceedings: Promoting child welfare or promoting contact? Violence Against Women, Advance online publication, 13 November 2015.
Summary: Despite improved understanding regarding domestic violence, child welfare and child contact, and related policy developments, problems persist regarding how the family courts deal with fathers' violence in contested contact/residence cases. In this UK study, analysis was undertaken of welfare reports prepared for the courts in such cases... Read more

Nyegombe, N., Abramsky, T., Devries, K., Michau, L., Nakuti, J., Starmann, E., . . . Watts, C. (2015).
What is the potential for interventions designed to prevent violence against women to reduce children's exposure to violence?: Findings from the SASA! study, Kampala, Uganda. Child Abuse & Neglect, Advance online publication, 24 October 2015.
Summary; Intimate partner violence (IPV) and child maltreatment often co-occur in households and lead to negative outcomes for children. This article explores the extent to which SASA!, an intervention to prevent violence against women, impacted children's exposure to violence. ... Read more

In the news 
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Police introduce disclosure scheme - 15 Dec, 2015
New Zealand Police have introduced a Family Violence Information Disclosure...
Law Commission proposes improvements for victims of sexual violence - 15 Dec, 2015
The Law Commission has published its work on improving the justice response for...
Submissions on Bill to prevent child sex offender name changes open - 15 Dec, 2015
The Government is inviting public submissions on a Bill which seeks to prevent...
Social Services Committee releases report into sexual violence service funding - 15 Dec, 2015
The Social Services Select Committee has released its report into the funding...

NZFVC advertising for part-time Information Assistant - 14 Dec, 2015
The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) is looking to employ a...
Report on CYF involvement in "Roast Busters" cases released - 10 Dec, 2015
The Chief Social Worker's review of Child, Youth and Family's involvement with...
New Zealand's Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security - 10 Dec, 2015
The New Zealand Government has published a National Action Plan on Women, Peace...
Two PhD scholarships available in family and whānau violence - 8 Dec, 2015
A University of Auckland team has been successful in attracting Ministry of...

Enrolments open for postgraduate study with violence pathway - 8 Dec, 2015
Enrolments are now open for postgraduate study at the University of Auckland ...
Publications explore public perceptions of child maltreatment - 3 Dec, 2015
Two recent international publications have explored the public's perception of...
Consultation open on the Education Act - 3 Dec, 2015
The Government is carrying out consultation on how to improve the Education Act... (submissions closed)

Review finds media frequently distort violence against women - 2 Dec, 2015
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) has...

Police video victim statements under new pilot - 2 Dec, 2015
New Zealand Police in Palmerston North will record family violence victims'...

Govt seeks feedback on NZ's eighth CEDAW report - 25 Nov, 2015

The draft of New Zealand's eighth periodic report on the United Nations...
Inaugural Chief Victims Advisor appointed - 19 Nov, 2015
Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been appointed in the role of Chief Victims Advisor...
White Ribbon promotes 'respectful relationships' in November 2015 - 18 Nov, 2015
White Ribbon Day, 25 November, is the internationally recognised day when men...
NZFVC advertising for Research Fellow - 16 Nov, 2015
The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse is advertising for a Research...(applications closed)
Law Commission seeks submissions on improving law for victims who commit homicide - 15 Nov, 2015
The New Zealand Law Commission is calling for submissions on improving the law...
Consultation open on the draft NZ Health Strategy - 12 Nov, 2015
The Ministry of Health is consulting on the draft update of the New Zealand... (submissions closed)

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