Ko te noho haumaru o te tangata me ngā hapori te tino o a mātou whakaarotau The safety of people and communities is one of our top priorities
Contributing to the government response to family violence and sexual violence
We are one of ten agencies who are collaborating with communities throughout New Zealand to build a stronger response to family violence and sexual violence, as part of the Joint Venture on Family Violence and Sexual Violence . The Joint Venture provides strategic policy and funding advice to the Government on behalf of all agencies involved in the response to family violence and sexual violence. Part of our role in the Joint Venture is funding three national family violence prevention initiatives – E Tū Whānau, Pasefika Proud, and the Campaign for Action on Family Violence.
E Tū Whānau
Our E Tū Whānau mahi has included working closely alongside whānau and communities in community-led responses to the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19. We have also invested in research and evaluation activity to better understand what supports and sustains whānau and community wellbeing and change.
This year Pasefika Proud funded partner organisations to undertake a wide range of work to increase access to services to prevent family violence. This included building a website, creating social media content (including a TikTok video competition), videos on cultural values, enewsletters, preventing gang recruitment of young Tongan men, developing and launching the National Niuean Wellbeing Plan, and promoting and launching the National Fijian Wellbeing Plan.
Pasefika Proud also funded nine Pacific workshops and gathered key Tokelau community leaders to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Islands of Tokelau and MSD to design and develop family violence prevention initiatives in Tokelau .
Campaign for Action on Family Violence
It’s Not OK continues to work with community partners to reach men and promote non-violent relationships. These partners provide safe spaces for men to gather, understand their own victimisation and engage in their own healing, both formal and informal, to end intergenerational violence. Two large community discovery projects are under way in Tauranga and Tairāwhiti to learn more about what men using violence require from their communities in order to be successful in their change journeys. Insights gathered from these projects will inform future community initiatives.
Court Support Service
Using a model developed in consultation with sexual violence agencies and stakeholders, the Court Support Service focuses on victims’/survivors’ mental, spiritual and physical support needs while they are going through the criminal justice process, to reduce the severity and longevity of trauma. The service is currently delivered by Sexual Harm Crisis Support Service providers in Whangārei, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and will continue to be rolled out across the country over the next two years.
Developing kaupapa Māori sexual violence services
We completed the first phase of a work programme to develop kaupapa Māori sexual violence services.
Phase 1 of this mahi is the establishment of a kaupapa Māori Mahi Tūkino/Sexual Violence Capability Building Group, Rōpu Te Pou o Te Rarama. The Group is made up of nine te ao Māori leaders in the sexual violence sector, who produced a report outlining recommendations to improve outcomes for Māori individuals and their whānau who have been impacted by sexual violence. These recommendations will inform the next phase of work.
As a further part of this work programme we provided grant funding to identified kaupapa Māori providers in rural and remote communities, and supported them to build their capability to deliver services.
Manaia Cuthbert was looking at a prison sentence when he first encountered the kaupapa of E Tu Whānau through Taupo-based Te Hapori Ora – The Village of Wellbeing.
Full member agencies of the Joint Venture: Accident Compensation Corporation Te Kaporeihana Āwhina Hunga Whare, Department of Corrections Ara Poutama Aotearoa, Ministry of Education Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga, Ministry of Health Manatū Hauora, Ministry of Justice Tāhū o te Ture, Ministry of Social Development Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora, New Zealand Police Nga Pirihimana o Aotearoa, Oranga Tamariki, Te Puni Kōkiri.
Associate member agencies of the Joint Venture: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Te Tari O Te Pirimia Me Te Komiti Matua, Ministry for Women Manatū Wāhine, Ministry of Pacific Peoples Te Manatū mō ngā Iwi ō Te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa.
The Royal Commission released an interim report in December 2020. This provides a progress report on the Inquiry’s work to date and some interim findings about abuse in care and the state’s redress processes. We continue to work with other Crown agencies and Ministers to address issues raised through the work of the Royal Commission.
To read all the reports prepared by ICM, see https://www.icm.org.nz/reports/