The National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges is leading a project through the Lightning Lab GovTech accelerator programme to explore how people in Aotearoa access information and support for family violence, including the barriers to access and opportunities for improvement.
As part of this project, a survey has been released which you are encouraged to take part in and share across your platforms/networks.
The survey is open to anyone who has been impacted by family violence and you can access it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HG2C6WK
This survey is part of MSD's development of a National Family Violence Help Portal - info about this is in their Family Violence Funding Approach document released in July 2019 - see page 17.
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Fixed It: Taking on mistreatment of women by the media
The media often goes to astounding lengths to remove the responsibility for violence from men, says Australian journalist Jane Gilmore. So, for the past three years, Gilmore has made it her mission to fix headlines that label, blame and shame women. Now her #FixedIt movement has become a book about what can be done to... fix it. Read more ...
You can listen to Jane's interview on Nine to Noon with Kathryn on Radio New Zealand .
TEDX Sydney Talk on Fixed It
Family Violence and Sexual Violence Service Provider Update - September 2019
The Ministry of Social Development update for family violence and sexual violence service providers includes:
You can read and subscribe to the MSD newsletter here.
MOJ - Navigation Tool For Relationship Break Up
Ministry of Justice have recently added new information to www.justice.govt.nz to help people who are experiencing a relationship break up.
Navigating a relationship break up
The new navigating tool on their website is to present information about relationship break ups in a different way. The key features of this tool include:
- It acts like a funnel. People are only shown information about the topics they select, and they can navigate to more detail if they want to.
- Users can create a “to do” list of actions that they can save or share and return to later.
MOJ have carried out testing with several groups of users including members of the public, Ministry of Justice staff, and service providers. Their feedback has been used in the design and development of the new content.
You can check out the new tool here.
Care of children content
The care of children content in the Family section of their website has also been updated as part of this project. Some of you may have existing links to this section on your websites, so please check and update these. See the new care of children section.
If you have any questions or find any issues with the new pages, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey (NZCVS)
The NZCVS is a nationwide, face-to-face, annual, random-sample survey asking New Zealanders aged 15 and over about incidents of crime they experienced over the last 12 months. This includes both incidents reported to the Police and unreported incidents. The NZCVS is a new survey and the list of key findings reflects the first year of interviewing.
- Almost 300,000 adults experienced interpersonal violence over the last 12 months.
- These victims were victimised more than 747,000 times.
- Nineteen personal violence incidents happened for every 100 adults.
- More than one quarter of incidents related to sexual assaults, and almost a third related to other assaults and robberies.
- Almost 80,000 adults experienced more than 190,000 incidents of family violence over the last 12 months.
- The proportion of female victims of family violence (71%) more than twice exceeds that of male victims (29%).
- More than 40% of all victims are between 15 and 29 years old.
- The number of family violence incidents per 100 adults among Māori is twice as high as among New Zealand Europeans.
- More than 30,000 adults were victimised by partners, more than 16,000 by ex-partners, and approximately 40,000 by other family members.
Note: For some incidents more than one offender may be involved.
- More than 100,000 adults (3.6%) experienced psychological violence over the last 12 months.
- The most frequent type of psychological violence is stopping someone from contacting family or friends. The least frequent type is pressing a victim into paid work.
- Māori and those aged between 15 and 29 years old are almost twice more likely than the national average to experience psychological violence.
- Almost 200,000 sexual assault incidents happened to almost 90,000 adults over the last 12 months.
- Females made up 71% of the victims and suffered from 80% of sexual assault incidents.
- The number of sexual assault incidents per 100 females is almost four times higher than per 100 males.
- Every two of three sexually assaulted people are between 15 and 29 years old.
- More than half a million people (16% of adults) experienced one or more incidents of IPV at some point during their lives.
- Females (21%) were more likely than males (10%) to have experienced one or more incidents of IPV at some point during their lives.
- More than 900,000 people (23% of adults) experienced one or more incidents of sexual violence at some point during their lives.
- Females (34%) were almost three times more likely than males (12%) to have experienced one or more incidents of sexual violence at some point during their lives.
- Māori are more likely to be victims of lifetime sexual violence than the national average, while Asian people are less likely.
Selected drivers of family violence
- Argument is the most often perceived reason for all family violence incidents (44%) and especially for current-partner violence (66%). It is followed by jealousy (33% for all family violence incidents and 40% for intimate partner violence).
- About one in three incidents of current-partner violence is believed to be triggered by financial issues.
Family violence victims’ experience
- Most family violence victims (more than 90%) are aware of support organisations.
- Only a small proportion of those aware of the support organisations actually contacted them (23%). Even well-known support organisations were contacted by only 10–12% of victims. Significantly more family violence victims are seeking help from other family members than from organisations providing formal support.
- The reasons most often given for not contacting support organisations were “Did not need help” (30%), “Wanted to handle it myself” (22%) and “Private matter” (17%).
NZCVS data collection will continue until September 2020 which will make it possible to both increase the accuracy of the survey results and to analyse changes in the volume and structure of victimisation in New Zealand.