New report on involving Pacific men

Great to see a new report out about involving Pacific men in preventing violence. This references Garth’s paper Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women which is available here.

It’s clear that to prevent men’s domestic and sexual violence against women we need to connect with men, and this is best achieved by drawing on their identity and cultural values.

New research – how men can support #Me Too

Garth has recently researched and written a report for White Ribbon NZ on how they can align with the #Me Too Movement.

The report generates new understanding as it discusses the development and impact of #Me Too, and argues it’s now up to violence prevention campaigns to build on the heightened public awareness and promote the specific actions #Me Too asks of men.

Men need to:
– Transform their ideas about masculinity to be more open, respectful and healthier.
– Lsten to and believe women’s experiences of men.
– Reflect on past behaviour and commit to being more respectful.
– Disrupt other men when they disrespect or threaten women.

There’s a link to the report here. This page also describes how this year’s White Ribbon campaign will action this research – this is what Garth’s working on right now.

While this report is for White Ribbon, it is valuable to anyone involved in preventing men’s violence against women.

What men can do to prevent sexual violence, and how can we promote this effectively

Garth recently facilitated a webinar on What men can do to prevent sexual violence, and how can we promote this effectively.


This was for staff of sexual violence services and provided by their national organisation TOAH-NNEST.


Along with info Garth has developed over the last few years, there were new ideas about specific behaviour we want men to use.


You can view this webinar on


Garth notes, “While it’s easy to talk about male power and privilege, identifying and implementing strategies that actually change male behaviour is what will make a difference. Here’s how to do this”.


Wow! – ‘Raise Our Men’ film

Garth has been developing White Ribbon NZ’s brilliant Raise Our Men film.

The film is revolutionary – interviews with New Zealand men about their experience of male socialisation and changes they have made. It is informative, tells men’s personal stories and includes experts briefly introducing the issues. It is a positive story of hope.

The film was publicly released during the November 2017 White Ribbon campaign and was shown twice on Maori Television and in many other settings.

The film targets key risks for men’s violence against women; gender inequality; rigid gender roles; men tending to only express aggression; and males taking their masculine identity from their peers.

This reflects the ‘gender transformative’ approach Garth has worked on over the last ten years, particularly for White Ribbon’s Respectful Relationships campaign. He undertook the initial research and wrote the brief for the film producers, was interviewed for the film and has produced a discussion guide to accompany the film.

Professionals working with men have quickly realised the value of the film to prompt discussion about very relevant issues and have incorporated the film into their work.  “I hope the film has a long and varied life’ says Garth, “and gets into  many diverse settings to be used in new ways to promote positive male behaviour with as many men as possible. It really has that potential”.

The film can be seen here or contact White Ribbon if you want to use the film with a group – for free (via

Incidentally, the most similar film produced in New Zealand was the Expressions of Sexuality television programme about men’s sexuality that Garth was the researcher and interviewer for, 34 years ago. A big shout out to Allison Webber, the series producer, for such a brave project way back then.

“Hopefully it won’t take so long to get much more media exploring masculinity in a real and positive way” says Garth.

‘Developing respectful, healthy and happy men’

Training for social workers

Garth facilitated a webinar for the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers in how social workers can develop respectful, healthy and happy men. This was part of their series on working with men.

It was an great opportunity to present the approaches Garth has been working on over the last ten years to a new audience, who’re in a position to make a real difference for men.

The timing, in early November 2017, was ideal to include some of the White Ribbon approaches and resources Garth has been involved in developing.

Participants rated the information and the facilitator as excellent, and enhanced their professional knowledge.

For members of the association, the webinar presentation is on your website.

Garth is available to present similar webinar and training.

Association of Social Workers

New advisory role for Garth

Garth has recently been appointed to the government’s Expert Reference Group (for Sexual Violence Prevention). This voluntary role will advise the Sexual Violence Prevention Advisory Board and Ministerial Group on the viability and effectiveness of specific sexual violence prevention initiatives and activities. This will include whether proposed initiatives have an evidence base, are best practice, the potential for them to be scaled and targeted and if they will have an impact in preventing sexual violence. Garth was nominated for this role by White Ribbon NZ for his expertise in engaging men in effective violence prevention. “It’s men’s behaviour we really need to change to prevent violence so I’m looking forward to contributing towards our National Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy” says Garth.

New resource for fathers – to develop their son’s respectful sexual behaviour

As part of his continuing work with White Ribbon’s violence prevention campaign Garth has recently developed a totally new resource for fathers – to support them in building their son’s respectful sexual behaviour.

This grew out of white Ribbon’s research that found that most fathers were reluctant to talk about sexual consent with their sons. They were three times more likely  to talk to them about finding a job and nearly half never discuss this with their sons. When fathers have daughters, they’re twice as likely to regularly discuss sexual consent with them.Raising sons who respect graphic

Developing dads is a missed opportunity – and a new approach – to preventing violence. The new fathering toolbox gives strategies and approaches dads can use to develop their son’s respectful behaviour.

The toolbox, plus short videos about the top five tips are at

Other toolboxes Garth has developed for White Ribbon – on having a respectful relationship and how young men can start respectful relationships, are also available at that site.



Gender and policing – concept paper

Garth recently completed a concept paper for the NZ Police’s Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme that works with the police organisations of Pacific countries.

The concept paper proposed action to ensure police staff: prioritise their investigation of domestic violence, take a victim-centred and human rights-based approach; and hold perpetrators accountable.

This is regardless of their personal views about gender, or of local traditions, religion or culture. The concept paper frames up action to be taken over the next five years to lift community trust in the police’s ability to prevent and effectively respond to domestic violence.  


New research – self defence programmes for young women

Alison and Garth recently completed a literature review on the research into the effectiveness of self defence programmes for girls as a sexual violence and family violence prevention strategy.

This reviewed international and local evaluations to identify some ways to best manage these programmes. This was for the Ministry of Social Development and  is now available on their website –

‘Start With Respect’ toolbox for young men

Garth recently developed the ‘Start With Respect’ toolbox for young men.

This gave tips on treating women with respect and starting equitable relationships.

It was developed for White Ribbon and sits alongside the toolbox on respectful relationships that Garth developed last year.

White Ribbon’s posting on their Facebook page about the ‘Start With Respect’ toolbox has been viewed over 39,000 times,with over 1,000 likes.

It can be downloaded from