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Family Violence Clearinghouse


Issue 56
September 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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Tip of the month

Population based data on young people's experiences of violence 

The Youth2000 national surveys of New Zealand secondary school students are a rich source of population-based data on the health and wellbeing of young New Zealanders. The Adolescent Health Research Group at the University of Auckland conducted surveys in 2001, 2007 and 2012.  


In the library database you can find the overview reports from each survey as well as reports and articles focused on findings for:

Topic based reports include:


Use Youth2000 to search for reports and selected articles in the NZFVC library. All publications can also be found on the Adolescent Health Research Group website.


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

On the move

The Clearinghouse is moving, just across Tāmaki Campus to the School of Population Health building. We will be in our new location from Monday 10 October. We will do our best to maintain our usual services, but there may be some disruption in the days before and after the move. Thank you for your patience at that time.

We have multiple copies of the following current and historical publications so we are offering some to our users - please contact us if you would like copies sent to you:
Please contact us by 23 September if you would like any copies.   
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

Calder-Dawe, O. (2014).
Gender, sexism & social activism: A youth workshop resource. Auckland, New Zealand: Sexual Politics Now, School of Psychology, University of Auckland.
Summary: This resource for facilitating workshops on 'everyday sexism' has been produced by the Sexual Politics Now project at the University of Auckland... Read more

Clark, T.C., Moselen,E. , Dixon, R., Adolescent Health Research Group & Lewycka, S. (2016).
Sexual and reproductive health and sexual violence among New Zealand secondary school students: Findings from the Youth `12 national youth health and wellbeing survey. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland. Adolescent Health Research Group.
Summary: This report focuses on reporting the sexual violence experiences and the sexual and reproductive health of students in secondary schools... Read more
Read Synergia summary

McClintock, K.,  McClintock, R, & Brown, T. (2016).
Cybersafety for an indigenous youth population. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rau Matatini.
Summary: The main focus of this report is to explore the current research relevant to providing better information for Māori whānau (family and families) about social media and the encouragement to be involved with their tamariki (children) in their internet use... Read more

Pasefika Proud. (2016).
Fono report: Pacific Community Leaders National Fono. Auckland, 20-21 June 2016.
Summary: Pacific leaders from churches and social services around the country came together for the first time at a Pasefika Proud National Pacific Leaders Fono, held in Auckland in June. The Fono was hosted by the Ministry of Social Development, to find solutions to end family violence in Pacific families. The report aims to summarise the key themes... Read more

Pasefika Proud. (2016).
Understanding who we are: Pacific peoples in New Zealand [Infographic].
Pacific peoples in New Zealand, June 2016, no. 1... Read more
Understanding family violence: Pacific peoples in New Zealand [Infographic].
Pacific peoples in New Zealand, June 2016, no. 2... Read more
Summary: These infographics highlight data about Pacific peoples in New Zealand and their experiences of family violence.

Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (2016).
Tenth annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee: Reporting mortality 2014. Wellington, New Zealand: Health Quality & Safety Commission.
Summary: This report considers perinatal and maternal mortality and morbidity from 1 January to 31 December 2014; perinatal mortality from 2007 to 2014; maternal mortality from 2006 to 2014; and babies with neonatal encephalopathy from 2010 to 2014. This report also includes special topics on two  causes of maternal mortality: suicide... Read more

Somasekhar, S. (2016).
"What will people think?": Indian women and domestic violence in Aotearoa (PhD thesis, Hamilton, University of Waikato).
Summary: Migration is a complex process undertaken for a wide range of reasons. To leave the country of ones birth to settle in another is likely to involve disruption to existing family and community relationships, reassessing ones culture of origin, reassessing ones identity and "fitting in" with a host culture. For many migrants, relative poverty, isolation, racism and prejudice are additional challenges and often, obtaining permanent resident status is far from straight forward. For these sorts of reasons, immigrant women who experience domestic violence face particular challenges over and above those faced by women from the dominant host culture... Read more

Beres, M.A., & Bird, F. (2016).
Qualitative evidence and the development of sexuality education materials: The case of Family Planning New Zealand. In: Handbook of qualitative research for evidence-based practice / edited by K. Olson, R.A. Young and I.Z. Schultz. Springer, 2016.
Summary: In this chapter the authors detail how Family Planning New Zealand incorporated findings from qualitative research studies into the development of their educational and health promotion materials and programs... Read more

Journal articles   

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

Friesen, M.D., Horwood, J., Fergusson, D.M., & Woodward, L. (2016).
Exposure to parental separation in childhood and later parenting quality as an adult: Evidence from a 30-year longitudinal study.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Advance online publication, 24 August 2016
Summary: This study sought to extend the literature by examining associations between childhood exposure to parental separation/divorce and later parenting behavior as an adult in a New Zealand birth cohort... Read more

Pihama, L., Te Nana, R., Cameron, N., Smith, C., Reid, J. & Southey, K. (2016).
Māori cultural definitions of sexual violence.
Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 7(1): 43-51.
Summary: Exploring definitions of sexual violence in Aotearoa highlights that on the whole such definitions are located within dominant Pākehā frameworks that do not provide adequately for understanding the context of sexual violence for Māori. As such Māori working in the area of healing the trauma of sexual violence have been developing frameworks which are enabling of culturally defined understandings and traditional knowledge as a basis by which to understand sexual violence in Aotearoa... Read more

Teevale, T. Lee, A.C-L., Tiatia-Seath, J., Clark, T.C., Denny, S., Bullen, P., Fleming, T., Peiris-John, R.J. (2016).
Risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviors among Pacific youth in New Zealand.
Crisis: the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide
Prevention, Advance online publication, 9 June 2016.
Summary: This randomly selected nationally representative sample of New Zealand secondary school students included 1,445 Pacific high school students aged 12-17 years. Results: One in 10 (11.6%) Pacific adolescents reported attempting suicide. Risk factors for suicide included: being female, household food insecurity, low levels of family connections and family monitoring, life dissatisfaction, having a religious affiliation, and previous suicide by a family member or friend. Of those who had made a suicide attempt, 71% also experienced both suicide ideation and self-harm... Read more

The articles below are published in a Special Issue of Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work on: Child protection, the family and the state: critical responses in neoliberal times.

O'Brien, M. (2016).
The triplets: Investment in outcomes for the vulnerable - reshaping social services for (some) New Zealand children.
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28(2): 9-21.
Summary: Social work and social services are in a period of significant change built around three key terms; investment, vulnerable, and outcomes. Those terms are not simple neutral descriptors. Rather, they are shaped in critical ways by the neoliberal framework which informs them. The framework is critically examined here by exploring how it is reflected in the specific meanings and implications of each of the three terms... Read more

Cleaver, K. (2016)
Acknowledging the struggle: Policy changes for state care leaving provisions.
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28(2): 22-31.
Summary: Neoliberalism is not kind to vulnerable populations. Care leavers as a vulnerable population have fared particularly poorly under successive governments. Policy and practice have maintained a position for decades in New Zealand where care leavers are responsible entirely for their own lives at the age of seventeen. This article reviews current literature, locally and internationally, in order to identify the needs of care leavers in the New Zealand... Read more

Sawyers, L. (2016).
Finally accountable? Social work and the community investment strategy.
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28(2): 32-39.
Summary: This article examines and proposes a social work response to the Ministry of Social Development's Community Investment Strategy social policy. Beddoe and Maidment's (2009) critical intersections model is utilised for this purpose and critical reference is made to the Productivity Commission's (2015) policy-framing report More Effective Social Services... Read more

Martin, S. (2016).
Shifting power relations in New Zealand child welfare policy: The process and implications of the 2014 amendment to s13 of the CYP&tF Act.
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28(2): 40-50.
Summary: The Vulnerable Children (VC) Act 2014 amended section 13 (s13) of the Children, Young Persons and their Families (CYP&tF) Act 1989 to re-emphasise the principle that the welfare and interests of the child should be the paramount consideration in child protection proceedings. This study examines the policy process behind the amendment, and investigates its possible implications, in particular its impact on the power relationship between the state and family/whanau... Read more

Webster, M., & McNabb, D. (2016).
New public management and information communication technology: Organisational influences on frontline child protection practice.
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28(2): 51-63.
Summary: In this paper the authors examine the new public management (NPM) philosophy influencing the organisational environment in which child protection social workers are located. NPM prioritises outputs through policies, such as results based accountability (RBA) predicated on the expectation that responsibility to achieve designated programme outcomes is sheeted to the agency and its workers. Ongoing funding depends on programme results... Read more

Houltain, L.,  Fouche, C., frost, H. & Moodley, S. (2016).
Walking the tight rope: Women's health social workers' role with vulnerable families in the maternity context.
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28(2): 64-74.
Summary: Keeping children in the centre of practice is an established mantra for the children's workforce internationally and is also enshrined in the Aotearoa New Zealand Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989. The principle that the welfare and interests of the child are awarded paramount consideration (s6) when these are in conflict with others' needs is incontestable. However, we suggest that how this translates into day-to-day social work practice is open to multiple interpretations. This interpretation emerged from a women's health social work team, providing services to pregnant women experiencing complex social factors... Read more

Breiding, M.J., Basile, K.C., Smith,S.G., Black, M.C., & Mahendra, R. (2015).
Intimate partner violence surveillance: Uniform definitions and recommended data elements. Version 2.0. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Summary: This is a set of recommendations designed to promote consistency in the use of terminology and data collection related to intimate partner violence... Read more

World Health Organizaion. (2016).
Elder abuse: The health sector role in prevention and response [Infographic].
Summary: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new infographic on elder abuse. The brief document provides an easy-to-read overview of what elder abuse is, international statistics, and actions to prevent elder abuse...  Read more
Journal articles

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Ross, S., Healey, L., Diemer, K., & Humphreys, C. (2016).
Providing an integrated response to family violence: Governance attributes of local networks in Victoria.
Australian Journal of Public Administration, 75(2): 127 - 136.
Summary: This article shows how the principles and practices of the whole of government approach was applied to the problem of family violence in Victoria, Australia... Read more

Sutherland, G., McCormack, A., Easteal, P., Holland, K., & Pirkis, J. (2016).
Media guidelines for the responsible reporting of violence against women: A review of evidence and issues.
Australian Journalism Review, 2016, 38(1): 5-17.
Summary: There is growing international interest in how to prevent this pervasive human rights violation. It is within this context that the media - a dominant force in shaping the discourse on matters of public importance - is seen to play a crucial role. This paper considers the expanding body of evidence concerning portrayals of violence against women in the news media... Read more 
In the news 
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Training for Asia-Pacific countries to measure violence against women - 5 Sep, 2016
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia-Pacific Regional Office and the...

Consultation on Health of Older People Strategy; new WHO resource on elder abuse - 1 Sep, 2016
The Ministry of Health is currently seeking feedback on the draft strategy for...

Consultation on proposed questions about disability data and evidence - 1 Sep, 2016
The government is seeking feedback to help with the development of a disability...

Online survey now open on interventions with family violence perpetrators - 31 Aug, 2016
An online survey on interventions with perpetrators of family violence is now...

Corrections to improve support for female prisoners at risk of family violence - 29 Aug, 2016
Corrections Minister Judith Collins has announced that Corrections has...

Online consultation on risk assessment framework extended to 16 September - 26 Aug, 2016
The Ministry of Justice online consultation for the draft Risk Assessment and...

National study reports on students' experiences of unwanted sexual contact; related resources - 24 Aug, 2016
A new report from the Adolescent Health Research Group based on the Youth '12...

Reducing and preventing violence in taitamariki Māori intimate partner relationships - 24 Aug, 2016
Moana Eruera's PhD thesis on reducing and preventing violence in taitamariki...

Iwi leaders first sign a covenant to protect children - 23 Aug, 2016
On 5 August 2016, Iwi leaders were the first to sign a covenant promising to...

Selected District Court decisions to be published online - 23 Aug, 2016
Select judicial decisions from the District Courts are now being published on a...

Government funding for short term housing for perpetrators of family violence - 23 Aug, 2016
The Government announced it will provide $500,000 over two years for short-term...

New "Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki" to be established - 18 Aug, 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has confirmed that a new Ministry for...

Meetings held to discuss violence in Pacific communities - 18 Aug, 2016
Meetings have recently been held to discuss violence against women in the...

Waikato to be second site for Integrated Safety Response pilot - 11 Aug, 2016
The Government has announced that Waikato will be the second site for the...
Upcoming events
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9 & 12 September 2016
Deepening Your Understanding of Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence and Coercive Control and How Female Victims Cope
Workshops in the following locations:

New Plymouth - 9 September
Christchurch - 12 September

12 September 2016 *NEW*
Ngā Rerenga o Te Tiriti: Community organisations engaging with the Treaty of Waitangi - Launch

14-15 September 2016 *NEW*
Kia Whakahohooho Hinengaro - Two day hui
Palmerston North

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

27 September 2016 *NEW*
"This is not my home": Aged Residential Care without Consent - Seminar

30 September - 1 October 2016

3rd Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium

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

31 October - 1 November 2016 *NEW*
Working With Parents' Anger. Stage One: Taking the heat off the child - Training workshop

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

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

15-18 November 2016
International Indigenous Research Conference 2016