We were impressed by Kay Douglas’ new book Men Making Changes. It’s a very good introduction to people new to family violence, especially for those who are friends and family and are noticing something’s not quite right with someone in their life. Our clinicians are going to incorporate it into the new Whanau Resilience programme to help friends, family members, work colleagues, etc who may suspect someone they know is experiencing family harm.
At SVS - Living Safe a group of women meet weekly to connect and share their experiences of family violence. The women are likely to have experienced significant distress and, as a result of feeling vulnerable, they begin a slower journey back to themselves and back to safety. For some this may be the beginning of identifying their own needs, wants and thoughts. The programme is called Inside Out. For many participants it precedes our Women’s Safe programme and allows them time to find...
Alex Ness from New Zealand Rugby (NZR) visited our own Aaron Agnew, Kaimahi with the Whānau Resilience service, and Lois Hewetson, Clinical Leader, just over a week ago while visiting the Nelson region. Alex is the Te Hurihanga Advisor at NZR and his role is to support the delivery of education sessions and Rugby’s response to incidents of harm. Alex has a background in therapeutic interventions with men who have done harm and also in national campaigns targeting family violence.
Over the weekend the Government announced the creation of a new ministerial role to lead the way toward dealing with one of New Zealand’s most troubling problems, family violence. Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson was appointed the country’s first-ever Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence.
Last year the Ministry of Social Development granted funds to SVS – Living Safe and four other family violence organisations in the Top of the South Island to develop five new programmes within each of the five communities. The initiative is called Whānau Resilience and the funding is spread out over five years to identify a need, design a service, and implement and analyse it.
Last year SVS – Living Safe became part of an exciting new initiative to develop a new service for its clients. The programme is out of the Ministry of Social Development and is called Whānau Resilience. We were one of five organisations in the Top of the South and one of dozens across New Zealand granted funds over five years to identify a need in our own community, design a service, implement it, and then assess it.
When I first met Taylor, he had just started at an alternative education programme after being advised to leave high school. He felt on the outside of the school system, was highly anxious and struggled containing strong anger impulses.
Too few of the men who use violence as described in the Family Violence Death Review Committee’s recently published 6th Report, “Men who use violence,” overlap enough with stopping violence programmes. More intensive and longer term interventions must be a priority.