White Ribbon Spoken Word Competition
White Ribbon are holding their first spoken word competition and it’s going to be a night of hot poetry, sizzling truths and fiery performances.
The theme of the night is ‘Respectful Relationships’ so get ready for some amazing rhymes and inspired takes on ending (men’s) violence in New Zealand.
The Spoken Word competition is being held on the evening of the 26th September at Wellington College, with some high profile judges including the Justice – Parliamentary Under-Secretary Jan Logie and some decent prizes (to be announced soon).
For more details click here.
Women's Refuge Winter Campaign
Women’s refuge winter campaign for 2019 is “Why doesn’t she just leave?”. On average it takes a victim 7 attempts to leave an abuser. This campaign aims to explain why so much professional and knowledgeable support is required when victims of family violence decide to leave.
Family Violence and Sexual Violence Service Provider Update - August 2019
The Ministry of Social Development update for family violence and sexual violence service providers includes:
- Update on MSD's visits to sexual violence service providers
- Research commissioned into sexual violence
- Funding of sexual harm services for children
- Whānau Resilience presentations nearly completed
- Accessing family violence support
- Improved Protection Order forms available
- Registration open for national conference ‘Challenging Conversations and Complicated Spaces: Titiro whakamuri, kia anga whakamua – Sexual and Domestic Violence Specialist Services reflecting forward’ on 12-13 September in Wellington
You can read and subscribe to the MSD newsletter here.
Community Based Social Work Project
A message from Kara and Lucy of Wairarapa Community Networks
You may be aware that the Wairarapa Community Networks are part of a project group looking at need for community social work support in the Wairarapa.
We are conducting a survey to better understand the need for social work support services in the Wairarapa and we’d really appreciate you giving us the benefit of your experiences and insights.
Have you noticed any difficulty in people accessing appropriate support when needed? Are you providing support outside of your role or service criteria?
An aggregated summary of the information collected in the survey will be compiled into a report and be publicly available. The summary results of this survey will be used as the basis for conversations about how we could work together to resolve any issues or gaps and improve wellbeing in our communities.
We will be discussing this in more detail at our upcoming Community Network meetings. Please feel free to invite any others who may like to contribute to this discussion (click here
to see the dates of the meetings).
for a copy of the intended project outcomes.
TAKE SURVEY NOW
Community Response to Family Violence Questionnaire 2019
Changeability receives funding for the provision of local family violence prevention coordination activities that improve outcomes for families/whanau, including:
i) Developing local, effective joined-up responses to family violence
ii) Building relationships in and outside the family violence sector
iii) Sharing knowledge and resources to improve service capacity e.g. through training
iv) Mobilising communities to change attitudes and behaviour towards family violence.
Your feedback via this survey will help us understand what is going well and what could be improved. It will help us plan initiatives and activities for the coming year and provide information back to our funders.
The survey is very short, it should only take a few minutes to complete. Thanks, we appreciate your time and feedback.
Upcoming Events and Training Opportunities
Free Parenting Through Separation (PTS) programme
This FREE 4-hour information programme, designed to assist individual parents who have separated or are contemplating separation.
Skylight Parenting Though Separation courses are held regularly at ChangeAbility HQ.
Course dates/times TBC based on participant request
Parenting through Separation (PTS) aims to:
- Identify children’s needs & their individual experience of separation;
- Provide tools and information to help parents support their children and make the best arrangements for them;
- Offer information on the legal and support systems available; and
- Create an opportunity to share ideas & experience with others in a safe and confidential environment.
To register interest or for more information: 04 939 6767 or 0800 299 100 | email@example.com
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Parenting Through Separation Programme - It's All About The Kids
Masterton: Wednesday 18 September, 9.30AM - 2PM
The programme, funded by the Ministry of Justice, has been developed by professionals who specialise in helping families through separation, and is delivered by experienced facilitators from Family Works and the Community Law Centre.
The programme is focused on providing practical advice and information to keep things as stress-free as possible for your children and to help you work out what parenting arrangements will work if or when you separate.
Topics covered include:
- how separation affects children
- what children need during separation
- keeping children away from conflict
- talking with children about separation
- talking with you child’s other parent or carer about arrangements for the children
- how to make a parenting plan
- how the Family Justice system works.
For more information or to register, call us on 0800 FAM WORKS (that’s 0800 326 9675) x 2 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Further Afield and Online:
National and World:
How old Hawke's Bay cellphones could be a lifeline for domestic violence victims
- 28 Aug 2019
Final warning for repeat offender after assaulting a third partner
- 27 Aug, 2019
Violent spate plaguues Auckland: 'It's getting crazy out there'
- 26 Aug 2019
An innovative approach to family violence - 23 Aug, 2019
Helping people stay in tenancies a 'critical' step toward ending homelessness
- 19 Aug, 2019
Gangbusters: Patches on the rise as NZ gang scene 'revitalised'
- 14 Aug, 2019
Man jailed for beating, strangling ex-wife to death after argument over heater
- 12 Aug, 2019
Man who beat partner appeals conviction, wants to become social worker
- 9 Aug, 2019
More men needed to help combat domestic violence
5 Aug, 2019
Vic Tamati: Walking away from violence
- Jesse Mulligan, Radio NZ, 12 Aug 2019
Growing up in a violent environment, Vic Tamati took that baggage with him into his own parenting. And it wasn't until his wife was forced to take their six kids to a refuge to protect them from him that he sought some help for his anger.
He is now a success story and runs a volunteer network called Safe Man Safe Family around the country.
Tamati says one of the main problems with perpetrators is that they don’t necessarily see themselves as inflicting violence. He, too, didn’t know it when he used to be violent towards his own family.
To read more and listen to the interview ...
Eve Ensler: 'Writing an apology to myself from my abusive father has freed me'
- Kim Hill, Radio NZ, 10 Aug 2019
Forgiveness shouldn't be forced, but even an imagined apology can be transformational, says American writer and activist Eve Ensler.
In her latest book The Apology, Ensler writes an apology to herself from her long-dead father for his sexual and physical abuse of her as a child.
Writing from the perspective of her own abusive father was agonising but ultimately freeing, Ensler tells Kim Hill.
To read more and listen to the interview ...
Access publications and resources including the library and New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse - Recommended reading on family and whānau violence from the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse
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