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Family Violence Clearinghouse


Issue 55
August 2016
In This Issue

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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The Clearinghouse published the 2016 Data Summaries last month. More information about these is in our Tip of the Month below.
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Tip of the month

Updated data on family violence

The 2016 Data Summaries are now available. Data Summaries are a collation of family violence statistics from government and non-government agencies and research studies. The data is collated by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse each year.

The 2016 Data Summaries:  

These Data Summaries are linked to definitions documents to assist in the interpretation of the data. There are also links to these on the main Data Summaries page.  


Please note that the data summaries do not provide any ethnic or regional breakdowns of data.  


For other sources of data, please go to our Statistics page. 

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

Superu. (2016).

Families and whānau status report 2016
. Wellington, New Zealand: Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. Summary: To find out how families of different ethnicities are faring, Superu has produced the Families and Whānau Status Report 2016, the fourth in this series. It provides a snapshot of family wellbeing based on survey data spanning 2008 to 2014... Read more
Superu. (2016).
Going digital to deliver wellbeing services to young people? Insights from e-tools supporting youth mental health and parenting (What works). Wellington, New Zealand: Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.
Summary: This paper offers high-level guidance for better understanding what works - and what doesn't - in digitising services to support the wellbeing of young people... Read more

Wanwimolruk, M. (2016).
Child rich communities: Aotearoa New Zealand's 'bright spots'. Every Child Counts.
Summary: This report explores New Zealand's 'Bright Spots' - local places and community initiatives that are making a positive difference to children and families... Read more  
Eruera, M. (2015).
'Hooked up': Te Hononga Whaiāipo: Reducing and preventing violence in taitamariki Māori intimate partner relationships (Thesis: Doctor in Indigenous Studies, Whakatane, New Zealand: Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi).
Summary: The development of intimate partner relationships is significant in young people's transition into adulthood. The prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) amongst Māori has been an ongoing concern for Māori communities for many years. Given the prevalence of intimate partner violence and the youthful demographic of the Māori population, there is increased focus on the significance and potential of taitamariki Māori lived experiences to inform whānau violence prevention solutions and strategies for improved whānau wellbeing... Read more  
MacLennan, C. (2016).
Kathryn's story: How the Government spent well over $100,000 and 15 years pursuing a chronically-ill beneficiary mother for a debt she should not have. Auckland, New Zealand: Child Poverty Action Group.
Summary: In CPAG's report The complexities of relationship in the welfare system and the consequences for children, CPAG found serious misunderstandings and anomalies in the way mothers with children are treated in the welfare and judicial system. CPAG wrote about the famous Ruka v Department of Social Welfare case on the role of domestic violence in establishing relationship status. CPAG also discussed the learning from that case, and the subsequent evaluation by Barrister Frances Joychild in 1999. CPAG also became aware of many unsettling, highly disturbing stories, including that of Kathryn H... Read more  
NetSafe. (2016).
So you got naked online: A resource for children, young people, their families & whānau. Adapted for New Zealand by NetSafe. Produced by SWGfL. Auckland, New Zealand: NetSafe.
Summary: This is a resource for children, young people their families and whānau that offers advice and explores strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents... Read more  
Norton by Symantec. (2016).
Online harassment: The New Zealand woman's experience. Norton by Symantec.
Summary: Norton by Symantec commissioned an online quantitative survey through Morar Consulting in February 2016, with 536 females in New Zealand aged 18 and over. The survey aimed to understand New Zealand women's exposure to online harassment... Read more  

Journal articles

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

Overall, N.C., Hammond, M.D., McNulty, J.K., & Finkel, E.J. (2016).
When power shapes interpersonal behavior: Low relationship power predicts men's aggressive responses to low situational power.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111(2): 195-217
Summary: When does power in intimate relationships shape important interpersonal behaviors, such as psychological aggression? Five studies tested whether possessing low relationship power was associated with aggressive responses.... Read more

Thorburn, N., & de Haan, I. (2016).
Connecting through chaos: Escape behaviour among sex-working adolescents in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, Advance publication online, 25 July 2016
: Underage sex work (USW) has been shown to adversely affect adolescents' physical and psychological wellbeing; however, little is known about the lives of sex-working adolescents or their needs for services. This study involved semi-structured interviews with eight adolescents... Read more

Hillis, S.D., Mercy, J.A., Saul, J., Gleckel, J., Abad, N., & Kress, H. (2015).
THRIVES: A global technical package to prevent violence against children
. Atlanta, GA : Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
: This publication represents a select group of complementary strategies that reflect the best available evidence to help countries sharpen their focus on priorities with the greatest potential to reduce violence against children... Read more

World Health Organization. (2016).
INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children
. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO.
: This publication identifies a select group of strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. They are... Read more

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. (2016). From best practices to breakthrough impacts: A science-based approach to building a more promising future for children and families. Boston, MA: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
: Experiences in the earliest years of life form the foundation of brain architecture, for better or for worse. Learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan are all built on that foundation. We know today's best programs and practices can help support child development, but too many children are left behind. Dramatic improvements for all children are not only achievable but also necessary for a thriving and sustainable society.... Read more
 McLean, S. (2016).
The effect of trauma on the brain development of children: evidence-based principles for supporting the recovery of children in care (CFCA practice resource). Melbourne, Vic: Child Family Community Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Summary: This practice paper provides an overview of what is known from research about cognitive development in children who have experienced trauma, and provides principles to support effective practice responses to those children's trauma... Read more 
Dean, A. (2016).
Risk assessment instruments in child protection
(CFCA resource sheet). Melbourne, Vic: CFCA, Australian Institute of Family Studies.
: The purpose of this Resource Sheet is to outline the different approaches used to assess whether children are at risk of maltreatment, as well as to explore some of the issues and criticisms surrounding the use of standardised risk assessment instruments in child protection
... Read more

Volmert, A., Kendall-Taylor, N., Cosh, I., & Lindland, E. (2016).
Perceptions of parenting: Mapping the gaps between expert and public understandings of parenting in Australia
. Washington, DC: FrameWorks Institute.
Summary: The research presented in this report, commissioned and carried out in partnership with the Parenting Research Centre, maps both expert and public understandings of parenting - a critical first step in reframing the issue... Read more
Munro, E., & Fisk, S. (2015).
Hear no evil, see no evil: Understanding failure to identify and report child sexual abuse in institutional contexts
. Sydney, NSW: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
: The failure to protect children from sexual abuse not only arouses shock and anger but also puzzlement: how could people who are employed to care for children fail to protect them when, with hindsight, the evidence of harm or danger seems all too obvious.... Read more
Heilman, B., Paul-Gera, N., Musuya, T., & Siebert, S. (2016). Whose justice, whose alternative? Locating women's voice and agency in alternative dispute resolution responses to intimate partner violence. Washington, DC: International Center for Research on Women, Center for Domestic Violence Prevention & Beyond Borders.
: This report examines how well ADR mechanisms have addressed violence for women around the world by examining some key issues..
. Read more
Tabachnick, J. & Pollard, P. (2016).
Considering family reconnections and reunification after child sexual abuse: A road map for advocates and service providers
. Enola, PA: National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
: This guide is written for sexual assault program advocates working with families who are considering reunification with someone who has sexually offended.... Read more
Cappelletti, M.M., Gatimu, J.K., & Shaw, G. (2014).
Exposing reproductive coercion: A toolkit for awareness-raising, assessment, and intervention
. Feminist Women's Health Center, Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and National Organization for Men Against Sexism.
: This toolkit defines reproductive coercion, provides information about its prevalence and examples of reproductive coercion in the context of intimate, heterosexual relationships... Read more

Hasstedt, K., & Rowan, A. (2016).
Understanding intimate partner violence as a sexual and reproductive health and rights issue in the United States.
Guttmacher Policy Review, 19: 37-45
Summary: An increasing body of evidence demonstrates the importance of understanding and addressing IPV as a critical component of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the United States. Toward that end, there is much to be gained if SRHR advocates and service providers were to better understand key policies and programs addressing IPV aimed at impacting health service provision... Read more

Crockett, C., McCleary-Sills, J., Cooper, B., & Brown, B. (2016)
Brief on violence against older women: Violence Against Women and Girls resource. World Bank, Global Women's Institute, Inter-American Development Bank, and International Center for Research on Women.
Summary: This brief addresses older age as a risk factor for gender-motivated violence by providing attention to women survivors aged 50 and older, looking at this specific age group due to the paucity of global data collection on women after the age of 49... Read more
Journal articles

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

Krieger, M.A. (2016).
Unpacking "sexting": A systematic review of nonconsensual sexting in legal, educational, and psychological literatures
Trauma, Violence & Abuse
, Advance publication online, 19 July 2016
Summary: A systematic review was conducted to determine the extent to which consensual and nonconsensual acts were conflated in the legal, educational, and psychological literatures on sexting, and how nonconsensual sexting was conceptualized within these disciplines... Read more  

Howard, L.M., Oram, S., Galley, H., Trevillion, K., & Feder, G. (2013).
Domestic violence and perinatal mental disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
PLoS Medicine, 10(5), e1001452
Summary: Sixty-seven papers were included. Pooled estimates from longitudinal studies suggest a 3-fold increase in the odds of high levels of depressive symptoms in the postnatal period after having experienced partner violence during pregnancy... Read more  

Trevillion, K., Corker, E., Capron, L.E., & Oram, S. (2016).
Improving mental health service responses to domestic violence and abuse.
International Review of Psychiatry
, Advance publication online, 12 July 2016
: The review highlights the need for mental health services to improve rates of identification and responses to domestic violence and abuse, through the provision of specific training on domestic violence and abuse, the implementation of clear information sharing protocols and evidence-based interventions... Read more  
Shah, S., Tsitsou, L., & Woodin, S. (2016).
Hidden voices: Disabled women's experiences of violence and support over the life course.
Violence Against Women, 22(10): 1189-1210
Summary: Across the globe, women and girls with impairments or life-limiting illnesses are more susceptible to different forms of violence across a range of environments and by different perpetrators including professionals and family members as well as partners. However, they are likely to be seriously disadvantaged in gaining information and support to escape the abusive relationships... Read more  
In the news 
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 MSD and ACC consulting on primary prevention of family and sexual violence - 9 Aug, 2016
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and the Accident Compensation...

Social security legislation rewrite and family violence - 9 Aug, 2016
Social security issues have been highlighted as the Government revises social...

Kathryn's Story: Report highlights violence, relationship status and benefit fraud - 8 Aug, 2016
A recent report has highlighted issues around violence, relationship status and...

Consultation open on Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework - 4 Aug, 2016
The Ministry of Justice is seeking feedback on a draft framework which provides...

"Ministry for Vulnerable Children" name criticised as replacement for Child, Youth and Family - 2 Aug, 2016
The Government has confirmed that Child, Youth and Family (CYF) will be...

Update on Ministerial Group on Family and Sexual Violence work programme - 1 Aug, 2016
Updated information on the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme...

NGO Social Work Study Award scheme defunded - 28 Jul, 2016
The Ministry of Social Development will no longer fund the Social Work Study Award scheme...

Submissions being accepted on inquiry into homelessness - 28 Jul, 2016
The Labour, Green and Māori Parties have launched an inquiry into homelessness...

Survey finds significant number of NZ women experience online harassment - 27 Jul, 2016
Cyber security software company Norton by Symantec has published a report about...

New international resources: ending violence against children and enhancing resilience - 25 Jul, 2016
The World Health Organization, as part of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children...

CDC launches interactive online resource to educate about violence prevention - 21 Jul, 2016
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a new...

Classification Office consulting on sexual violence in entertainment media - 21 Jul, 2016
The Office of Film and Literature Classification is consulting on sexual...

New website 'Em' provides information and resources for young women around sexual harm - 21 Jul, 2016
Em is designed to embrace, empower and provide empathy for young women in...

New data summaries published: 110,114 Police family violence investigations in 2015 - 12 Jul, 2016
Family violence data summaries 2016 have been published by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse...
Upcoming events
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Check for recently added events

16-17 August 2016
Kaupapa Māori Parenting Conference


18 August 2016 *NEW*
Community consultation on Family Violence primary prevention work - MSD
Wellington / Hutt Valley

19 August 2016 *NEW*
Family Violence primary prevention and workforce development consultation - MSD & ACC

22-23 August 2016
Working with Men Conference

26 August - 12 September 2016 *NEW*
Deepening Your Understanding of Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence and Coercive Control and How Female Victims Cope
Workshops in the following locations:

Auckland - 26 August

Masterton - 31 August

Lower Hutt - 1 September

Hamilton - 2 September
Te Puke - 5 September
Taupō - 6 September
New Plymouth - 9 September
Christchurch - 12 September
30-31 August 2016
Domestic Violence - Safety First
Shine - Advanced 2 day training

2-3 September 2016
Women's Studies Association / Pae Akoranga Wahine Conference 

6-7 September 2016
International Asian and Ethnic Minority Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016

14-17 September 2016
3rd Global Indigenous Say No to Family and Domestic Violence Conference
Adelaide, South Australia

15-17 September 2016
Gender Equality - National Council of Women NZ Conference 2016

18-21 September 2016
Safety 2016 - 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion
Tampere, Finland

19-22 September 2016
Prevalent and Preventable: AWAVA and Our Watch International Conference on Violence Against Women
Adelaide, South Australia

Save the date. Call for abstracts closes 15 August

14 & 15 October 2016 *NEW*
Working somatically with complex trauma (14 Oct) Understanding and working with dissociation (15 Oct)
Two workshops

26-28 October 2016
The Nursing Network of Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) 2016 Conference
Melbourne, Australia

27-28 October 2016
SSPA National Conference 2016

3-4 November 2016
Crime Prevention and Communities - Conference
Brisbane, Australia

10-12 November 2016 *NEW*
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Conference Aotearoa New Zealand 2016

15-18 November 2016
International Indigenous Research Conference 2016