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'Shocking' Rate of Strangulation by Young Men could be Linked to Violent Pornography
Brittany Keogh - 11:49, Oct 05 2019
The Chief Censor first raised concerns about the possibility of young people becoming desensitised to sexual violence in 2017, when a report by the Office of Film and Literature Classification revealed teenagers were being bombarded with "disturbing" content.
A survey of 2000 teenagers published by the Office of Film and Literature Classification found about 70 per cent of those who'd viewed porn described what they'd seen as violent, aggressive or involving non-consensual sex acts.
Read the full story on STUFF
Survey prompts call to add stalking to Harrassment Act
15 October 2019 - Tracy Neal, Nelson Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Frightening stories from women who have suffered stalking and abuse from their partners have prompted calls to review the Harassment Act.
New Zealand Women's Refuge surveyed 700 women who had experienced intimate partner stalking and found it was part of a wider pattern of violence.
The head of Women's Refuge, Ang Jury, says intimate partner stalking is harmful because it was often a precursor to worse.
The result of the survey, found 60 percent were stalked by their partner after they had broken up, but 70 percent experienced the behaviour while in the relationship.
Dr Jury said intimate partner stalking was harmful because it was often a precursor to worse, and it was often really frightening.
"We're looking at things like:
Dr Jury said part of the problem was that complainants were not being taken seriously enough, and it was time people were better protected by the law.
She would like to see the Harassment Act reviewed to include stalking, which she said "shrinks people's lives".
Read the full story on RadioNZ
Getting tough: How New Zealand could stop domestic violence
From RNZ Insight, 20 September 2019, Kim Griggs, RNZ Deputy Editor.
Every day five people are charged with strangling someone they supposedly love. Strangulation is such a strong precursor to someone eventually dying in a domestic violence incident, it was recently made a separate offence.
As new laws and government initiatives are being put in place, Kim Griggs investigates whether the changes can call time on violence in New Zealand homes.
Read Full Story HERE
What men can do to prevent sexual violence and how to promote this effectively
This is the first webinar in the TOAH NNEST Tauiwi Prevention webinar series. This webinar is on what men can do to prevent sexual violence, taking a primary prevention, population-based focus to preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence before it occurs by engaging men.
White Ribbon whiteribbon.org.nz
Men who stand up show they respect women. Living by respectful values and doing the right thing is key to the respectful relationships.
The eight actions offer men choices – to listen, reflect, alter their behaviour, talk to others and disrupt negative behaviour – which build respectful behaviour that undermines violence.
PORNOGRAPHY: A Public Health Crisis.
How pornography fuel child sexual abuse, compulsive sexual behaviour
The pornography of today has created an unprecedented epidemic of sexual harm. Children and young people are being exposed to violent and degrading content, which by default has served as their sex education. Once a social or health issue involves problems that affect individuals or groups beyond their capacity to correct – responsibility shifts from individual accountability to holding the forces and influences that cause it accountable. While educating individual parents to guide and protect their children is always part of any prevention plan, the problem is well beyond what individual parents and children can do to protect themselves.
Governance for good; developing the capability of New Zealand’s $20 billion not-for-profit sector.
05 Sep 2019
A report into the future of governance for New Zealand’s 114,000 (NGOs), produced by the Centre for Social Impact in partnership with the Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, has identified a need for considerable investment into NGO governance capabilities.
The report, which drew on the experiences of fifteen NGO governance experts, identified a number of barriers to good governance including the low value and low profile of NGO governance, the behaviour of individual board members, the complexity of the NGO context and poor processes around decision-making.
“What our research found is that while NGO board members play important roles in helping organisations develop strategies and secure funding, few of them have had any formal governance training, and many receive limited support in these roles.” The research aimed to identify good and emerging practice in NGO governance.
“There is some impressive work being done by NGO boards and committees, the best of which are demonstrating the value of harnessing diversity, maintaining close connections to the communities they serve, and drawing on insights from Māori and iwi governance models. They are also looking at innovative approaches, such as building coalitions at a governance level with NGOs working in related fields, to share strategies and find ways to collaborate to have greater impact.” The report recommends the development of a national strategy for community governance.
“This would focus on providing easily accessible support for board and committee members to learn the basics of governance, backed up with practical advice, coaching and mentoring for chairs, board members and boards to help them apply best practice. It should also look at investment to grow a pipeline of emerging, diverse governance leaders and future chairs.”
Full Report HERE
The SPCA prevents cruelty to animals in partnership with families and communities.
International research findings indicate that animal cruelty is present in up to 76% of family violence incidents, and that animal cruelty is identified in 80% of child abuse investigations, it is highly probable that New Zealand statistics mirror the international findings. SPCA investigates approximately 46,000 animal welfare complaints annually.
A perpetrator’s threat to harm, kill, or torture a family pet is a coercive strategy used to attain and maintain control of family members. In Aotearoa, animal cruelty is an established form of family violence and is recognised as psychological abuse in the New Zealand Family Violence Act 2018. The Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children Tuituia Assessment Framework identifies parental animal cruelty as an indicator of abuse and child animal cruelty as a marker for significant behavioural difficulties or developmental delays.
An increasing body of international research suggests that children who witness animal cruelty and experience violence in the home experience enduring and severe trauma symptoms. These children are three times more likely to perpetrate animal cruelty and five times more likely to continue the cycle of interpersonal violence.
A neglected and abused animal tethered in the backyard is often easier to spot than the abuse occurring behind closed doors. Children and other family members more readily disclose the concerns they have for the welfare of their animals, before they share the fears they have for their own safety.
Source: SPCA - Read the Full Article HERE
The SPCA Targeted Intervention Portal is divided into six areas:
$320m to tackle family and sexual violence in New Zealand
Full Stuff Story HERE
Breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence
Breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence and better supporting survivors is a major feature of the Wellbeing Budget, with the Government delivering the largest ever investment in family and sexual violence and support services.
The budget package will deliver more support services to more New Zealanders, major campaigns aimed at stopping violence occurring and major changes to court processes to reduce the trauma victims experience.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Parliamentary Under-Secretary Jan Logie today announced a new and collaborative approach to tackling one of the country’s most disturbing long-term challenges.
“There has never before been investment of this scale in preventing and responding to family violence and sexual violence,” Jacinda Ardern said.
“Every year about one million New Zealanders are affected by family and sexual violence, including almost 300,000 children. This is something I know New Zealand is ashamed of and the Government is taking a major step forward in fixing.
“Wellbeing means being safe and free from violence. That is why this package is such a significant cornerstone of the Wellbeing Budget.
“My goal has always been for New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child and that means supporting parents and communities to ensure children grow up in secure homes free from violence,” Jacinda Ardern said.
The family and sexual violence package, which sits across eight portfolios, includes funding and support for:
“The package announced today gives providers funding security, while making available significant extra resource to break the cycle of violence and provide more women, men and children the help they need.
“I want to acknowledge and thank Ministers Andrew Little, Carmel Sepuloni, Tracey Martin, Nanaia Mahuta, Chris Hipkins, Stuart Nash, Kelvin Davis, Iain Lees-Galloway, and Jenny Salesa for their support and commitment to this work,” Jan Logie said.
The Wellbeing Budget 2019 family violence and sexual violence package comprises initiatives across five areas:
Pouārahi / Chief Executive | Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
Bullying 'intolerably high' and beyond schools' direct control - ERO
Bullying in schools is intolerably high and most children say the strategies they are taught for dealing with bullies do not work, an Education Review Office (ERO) report says.
The report - which surveyed 10,940 in 136 schools at the beginning of last year - said nearly half of primary school children and a third of teenagers reported being bullied in the past month when they responded last year.
The report found boys were more likely to be bullied than girls but gender-diverse children suffered most, with 58 percent saying they had been bullied at school. Bullying rates were also high for Māori students (42 percent) and Pākehā students (40 percent).
The most common forms of bullying:
Students said they had learned to report incidents to teachers or other adults, walk away from or ignore the bullying, or non-violently confront the bully either on their own or others' behalf.
However, most students who had used bullying strategies said they did not work.
The report said the root of the problem lay beyond the school gate, noting that New Zealand also had poor figures for family and sexual violence and for workplace bullying.
The report said students wanted teachers to take allegations of bullying seriously, get both sides of the story and stop any further bullying from happening.
Many students took a compassionate approach, and expressed the idea that teachers should check on the bully's wellbeing, recognising there could be underlying causes of the behaviour.
Full Story HERE on MSN.com
GIVE NOTHING TO RACISM TOOLKIT & VIDEO
Visit the website and download the "give nothing"toolkit and share the video on social media.
COMMUNITY LAW MARLBOROUGH & MVIP
Technology shield developed to help women report abuse without a trace in browser history
On the websites of many New Zealand companies women can now access information about the services offered by Women's Refuge via a web page which will leave no trace in the browser history.
Women's Refuge's chief executive Ang Jury said abusers often exerted control over all of a woman's activities and would check on things like who they had rung, text messages and which websites they had visited.
She said the Shielded system offered a discreet way for women to get advice about the services the Women's Refuge offers.
"When people click on the little icon, it takes them to some basic information about how to keep safe, how to seek help, and gives a contact email form if they want to contact us by email," Dr Jury said.
The page also provides information about how to keep your web history private on other sites if you suspect you are being monitored.
The Shielded icon is a small image of a computer with half the screen shaded
The link is available on the websites of The Warehouse, Trade Me, ASB and others.
Read Full STUFF article HERE
0800 HEYBRO (439 276) is a new pilot for the Canterbury area, Launching June 5th 2018
This number is setup for men who feel they’re going to harm a loved one or whanau member.
We’re here to support 24/7 to listen and to help.
For more info and a video check out https://www.hewakatapu.org.nz/services/0800-hey-bro
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1 in 3 Be Free
OUR GIFT TO NEW ZEALAND WOMEN
1 in 3 Be Free is an app is designed to help women screen their relationships for abuse and to connect them to support services nearby.
The 1 in 3 Be Free App is available for free download from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. To find the App search “1in3befree” download it, use it, rate and review it! There is also an online version at www.1in3befree.org.nz
“We recognise that it isn’t always easy to identify when behaviours in a relationship become concerning, controlling, or abusive, so we want to help educate women about different forms of abuse and their effects”
In partnership with the fantastic Omnispex, the team at Inner City Women's Group have spent the last 2 years producing an App that helps women to screen for indicators of all forms of domestic violence from a current or ex-partner.
Developed by the Inner City Women's Group. http://www.innercitywomensgroup.org.nz/
KNOW THE DANGER SIGNS RESOURCE
The "It's not OK" campaign has developed the "Know the Danger Signs" resource, including videos, to help friends, family and others to identify signs that someone is in danger of being killed by their partner.
The web page also has resources available for download or to order, like brochures and posters.
'Safe to Talk' sexual harm & violence helpline launched nationwide
A new helpline has been launched to support people affected by 'sexual harm' and sexual violence.
Safe to talk - He pai ki te kōrero launched nationwide on 16 April 2018. The helpline provides 24/7 access to free and confidential information and support by phone, text, email or online chat. People can get advice and support from trained specialists and be connected to support services in their community. The www.safetotalk.nz website also provides information and resources.
People can contact the helpline to get information and support for themselves, for someone else, or with general inquiries. Support is available in relation to someone having experienced sexual violence, or having harmed someone or having thoughts of harming someone.
Contact the helpline by:
Calling: 0800 044 334
Live webchat on www.safetotalk.nz
Police Survey for Victims of Sexual Assault
NZ Police published new content on their website to support victims of sexual assault including an online survey.
The survey is for adult victims of sexual assault to provide feedback about how their investigation was handled. The survey asks respondents brief questions on specific areas of the investigation, from how they were treated when they first spoke to Police, through to the ongoing investigation and the final result. Police are also seeking feedback on the support and communication provided. Feedback from the survey will be used to improve the service Police provide now and in the future.
The new web content also includes information about safety, consent, how to get help, victim's rights and general information about sexual assault.
Know the Danger Signs
It's Not OK launches new resources on lethality
Signs that someone is in danger of being killed by their partner are often missed by friends, family and others until it is too late.
Threats to kill
Strangulation and 'choking'
Worsening violence – more severe, more frequent
Intense jealousy or possessiveness
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Launch of a ground-breaking clinical sexual violence network will provide much needed support for this sector
The website provides information on sexual assault medical services.
MEDSAC was formerly Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care (DSAC). MEDSAC said that for clinicians, the network provides "quality assured 'best practice' guidelines, expert support and advice, and a forum where clinicians can share experiences and knowledge."
The website also provides links to ACC and a series of videos created by NZ Police earlier in 2017, setting out the process of reporting a sexual assault to the Police.
MEDSAC is funded by police, ACC and the Ministry of Health.
For the public, the SAATS website provides contact details for 18 health clinics around the country that provide specialised sexual assault medical services.
A systems approach for generational change
Working in collaboration with Synergia and ACC, Le Va is ensuring that Atu-Mai is a nationally coordinated systems change programme of work. We will also work alongside Pasifika community organisations and groups to provide resources that will complement their work and support them to prevent violence in our communities.
Atu-Mai tools and resources take an educational and skills-based approach aiming for behavioural change across generations, strengthening Pasifika communities by developing confident and resilient Pasifika young people.
The programme content combines evidence-based approaches with expert knowledge, community leadership, and co-design with Pasifika young people to ensure it is culturally relevant, family focused and community-led.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is proud to announce the launch of the Whānau Ora Directory
Often, one of the challenges facing whānau is that they do not know how to find a resource that fits their needs. The Whānau Ora Directory aims to easily connect whānau to the appropriate resources in their area.
Information on Whānau Ora services across the motu has been collected and collated into one website, allowing whānau to quickly and easily find an organisation that suit their needs, whether it be information, advice and support on education, health, business or housing.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu would like to thank the teams at Ariki Creative, Māui Studios and Manu Media for their dedication and support in developing this important resource. Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu would also like to thank all of those who contributed their information to the website. We see this as a work in progress; as the momentum continues to build so too will the website! We hope that it will continue to grow and be a resource for whānau now and in the future.
Check it out by following the link below:
New online training on links between different forms of violence.
The US-based Veto Violence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new online training tool, Connecting the Dots. The training looks at the links between multiple forms of violence and opportunities for prevention.
The resource makes the case for better understanding and addressing the interconnections between forms of violence such as child abuse and neglect, bullying, youth violence, dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, elder abuse, and suicidal behaviour, as they are strongly interconnected. Research has shown:
Free online course on violence against women
International online learning provider FutureLearn is offering a free online course on violence against women, participants can start this week.
The course, Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities takes two hours a week for six weeks.
The course descriptions says
"The United Nations considers violence against women to be a grave violation of human rights of epidemic proportions. Such violence has profoundly negative consequences for individuals, communities and entire societies.
This is why violence against women is a priority issue for governments and societies around the world.
On this course you will learn about the roots of violence against women, the principles of gender inequality at its centre and most importantly, how to challenge entrenched attitudes that impact women the world over."
Key topics covered include:
FutureLearn is owned by The Open University and develops courses in partnership with universities and other institutions.
The course is available for free without a certificate, or to receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to pay $54 and mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.
More Information and Sign-up HERE
Online trauma awareness training package being developed
The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki has partnered with Werry Workforce Whāraurau to develop a trauma awareness training package.
The training package includes three modules designed for caregivers and frontline practitioners within the children’s workforce.
The modules or online courses include:
Each module takes between 1 to 2 hours to complete. The modules provide a foundation for understanding types of trauma, impacts of trauma, resilience, considerations for different cultures, ways to build resilience and safety, and how to care for yourself as a caregiver or professional.
The modules are still being piloted and may be revised in the future. They are currently available online at no cost. To access the modules, register with the Goodfellow website and follow the detailed directions on the Werry Workforce Whāraurau website.
For more information see the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki news announcement.
Diploma in Child Protection Studies.
We are trying to get people to commit to doing the Diploma in Child Protection Studies. If we get the numbers locally they will bring a Course to Blenheim. We already have a few who really want this valuable qualification but we need more. Please contact Lyn at the address below if you want to complete this. It will only be available in the Hamilton next year if we do not get enough people. A fuller outline is below
We look forward to hearing from you
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Six Blocks of 5 Days in-classroom tuition over 1 Year
Complete 9 Assignments - self-guided tuition
The Diploma in Child Protection Studies www.childmatters.org.nz/38/child-protection-training/diploma is an advanced level training in child protection and advocacy, designed to develop leaders and 'go-to' child protection resources within organisations and communities.
Delivered solely by Child Matters, the Diploma in Child Protection Studies is a nationally recognised, NZQA accredited tertiary qualification, and the only specialist child advocacy qualification in New Zealand.
Graduates of the Diploma add value to organisations and communities by;
Amanda Millar’s moving documentary celebrates the enduring legacy of Celia Lashlie, a passionate advocate for social interventions that equipped those long deprived of choice with the tools for responsible decision making.
As part of the NZ International Film Festival a documentary about Celia Lashlie will run on 26 and 27 August in Nelson at the Suter Gallery.
If you are interested in attending here is the link to the site where you can get more information and book tickets www.nziff.co.nz/2018/film/celia.
New book, Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 - 16:10 Michael Flood
Across the globe, violence prevention initiatives focused on men and boys are proliferating rapidly. The new book Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention highlights effective and innovative strategies for the primary prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of harassment and abuse. It combines research on gender, masculinities, and violence with case studies from a wide variety of countries and settings.
Through the cross-disciplinary examination of these varied efforts, this work will enable advocates, educators, and policy-makers to understand, assess, and implement programs and strategies which involve men and boys in initiatives to prevent violence against women.
The book is available from: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137442109.
Visit the SOURCE of this article for a discount flyer for purchase. and a brief summary of each chapter
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Recommended reading on family and whānau violence.
Prepared by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse,
University of Auckland, May 2017.
Read online below or download as a PDF or Word document
For more information, please contact the Information Specialist
Recommended reading on family and whānau violence (PDF, 637 KB)
Recommended reading on family and whānau violence (Word DOCX, 705 KB)
About this reading list:
This list of reports, articles and resources is a selection by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC). Its purpose is to provide quick access to key research, reports, conceptual frameworks, tools and other resources that have been influential and useful in developing under-standings of family violence, whānau violence, violence against women and gendered violence over time. We use "family violence" as an umbrella term including intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse and more.
Items range from websites, tools and YouTube clips to reports and journal articles. Some of them are classic or seminal pieces and some are newer; they are ones we tend to come back to again and again. They are ones we frequently send out when people ask us for information on these topics. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the large amount of invaluable research that has been done and resources that have been created, but, we hope, a useful reference.
Where an item is in the NZFVC library, the link goes to the library record – click on the link to bring up a brief description.
Some ways you could use this list include:
To see the entire article please click HERE
Strangulation criminalised under new law
The new strangulation or suffocation offence came into effect on Monday with a maximum penalty of seven years' imprisonment as part of the Family Violence (Amendments) Act, replacing the Domestic Violence Act. The act rolls out in two phases, with the second to begin in July next year.
Three new family violence offences were introduced: strangulation, coercion to marry, and assault on a person in a family relationship.
Justice Minister Andrew Little said the new law marked a "significant update" to family violence legislation and established the importance of and respect for victims.
"These new offences criminalise behaviours and practices that can now be prosecuted specifically under family violence," he said.
The Bail Act was also amended, giving police and courts the power to impose bail conditions on defendants charged with family violence offences, to protect the victim and family.
Under the Act, video recordings made by police within two weeks can now be heard in court.
"This change will help reduce trauma and improve the court experience for victims of family violence and will be implemented throughout the country over time," Under-Secretary for Justice Jan Logie said.
"These changes are designed to bring a much stronger focus onto the safety of victims, the roles and responsibilities of the workforce and better protect people vulnerable to specific offences, such as forced marriage."
Full Stuff Article HERE
Government backs strangulation law change
5:14 pm on 8 March 2016
The Law Commission is recommending making non-fatal strangulation a crime separate to assault, and has strong backing from the government.
"Strangulation is an act that is designed to control and manipulate the victims."
The commission said studies had shown that if a woman was strangled, there was a high risk of her being killed in the future by her attacker.
"In at least half of all cases, strangulation does not result in an obvious external injury even when victims suffer internal injuries or serious mental harm," it said.
Justice Minister Amy Adams said in a domestic violence context, strangulation can have a devastating and long-lasting psychological impact.
"A standalone offence sends a clear-cut message that this form of abuse is unacceptable and recognises that strangulation can be a critical risk factor of escalating family violence," she said.
Read the full article here:
Legislation on workplace protections for domestic violence victims passes.
The Domestic Violence—Victims' Protection Bill has passed its third reading and received Royal Assent. It will come into effect on 1 April 2019.
Jan Logie, now Under-Secretary for Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues), said:
"I’m beyond delighted to see this law finally become a reality. This is a win for victims, a win for employers, and a win for society. This law is a world first and it will make a significant difference for people trying to escape domestic violence.
... Everyone should be able to live free from violence. But too many people find it impossible to keep their jobs while trying to move house, attend court dates, or settle the kids at a new school. And too many employers are unaware of the extent to which domestic violence impacts their employees and workplaces, and are unsure of how to respond. This bill gives them a framework to do the right thing for everyone – victims and themselves."
Domestic violence charity Shine said the bill would benefit all employers, including small businesses, through increased productivity and better employee retention. Shine offers employer support through their DVFREE programme. DVFREE website Link HERE.
Women's Refuge said it was "delighted" with the outcome, they offer support for employers through their Responsive Workplaces programme.
The Human Rights Commission and several New Zealand employers recently launched the website www.businessworkingtoendfamilyviolence.co.nz. The website provides information to support workplaces develop and implement a family violence workplace policy.
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