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.
For clients who are mandated to attend our non-violence programme, we conduct an initial assessment with each client and talk through the two options: individual or group sessions. There is no rule on which client should go which route, it is up to the clinician to recommend the most beneficial method to achieve the primary aim to stop violence in the home.
Nearly all the clients who attended our non-violence programme last year say it provided them skills to safely manage their lives, their family’s lives, and to engage in a more respectful relationship. Ninety-six men and three women completed the programme in the six months ending 31 December last year. They participated in at least 10 weeks of individual and group sessions with our specialist clinicians across the top of the South from the West Coast to Kaikoura. In surveys, 91% told us when...
In the six months ending 31 December last year, 96 men charged with a criminal offence came to SVS – Living Safe to attend our non-violence programme. They came from locations across the West Coast, other parts of Tasman, Marlborough including Kaikoura, and Nelson. They participated in at least 10 weeks of individual and group sessions with our specialist clinicians.
Throughout the last full programme year ending 30 June 2019, 51 men and 3 women responded to surveys when they completed our non-violence programme. Here is a high level overview of how they found the programme.
The Sixth report from the Family Violence Death Review Committee has come out and it has an updated focus: the Committee sought to understand the life trajectory of the men involved in family violence deaths from their birth to the death event. There’s so much in this report that both validates the work we have been doing here in Nelson Tasman with our whānau approach and working with perpetrators and trauma. Yet, the report discusses how far we all are from our goal.
My wife said if I didn’t sort my crap, it was over. She had said this before, but I brushed it off. But my kids and my wife gave me an ultimatum this time, and so I decided that I needed to do something.
SVS Living Safe’s Non-Violence Programme (NVP) for men is for those who attend of their own choice as well as for those who are mandated by protection order or criminal charge. We collected survey data on the mandated participants who attended this programme for the year ended 30 June 2019.
Our youth programme teaches kids affected by family and other forms of violence how to be safe in the first instance. Everyone learns how to prepare and use a safety plan. Evaluations of the programme for the year ended June 2019 show 100% of respondents now have a safety plan and can identify at least one thing they can do to make themselves safe.