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.
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 – http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/literature-reviews/the-effectiveness-of-self-defence-programmes/literature-review.html
Alison and Garth recently worked together on a literature review of what makes self defence programmes for school-aged girls effective for the Government.
An interesting project, especially as there was little research on these programmes for this group. There was more info on self defence programmes for US college students, and some on self defence programmes with mixed groups, including New Zealand programmes.
We were able to use the relevant info on best practice for school-based violence prevention work, and ‘respectful relationships education’. When this was pulled together we were able to identify some useful themes.
Garth has recently been working with White Ribbon NZ to help them develop their messages for this year’s campaign. White Ribbon is an annual event for men to show they do not support any violence towards women. It involves a series of events around the 25th of November.
The White Ribbon organisation has run a couple of consultation workshops to hear what different people think are key messages they can use this year. Garth has made a presentation at each workshop on how to effectively involve men in preventing violence. You can see or download this presentation from the bottom of this page.
The presentation is based on the issue paper Garth researched for the NZ Clearinghouse on Family Violence (see his page on this website for where you can get this paper).
Garths presentation for White Ribbon April 15
Recent projects that Alison has been working on are working with the Families Commission on early intervention initiatives, and reviewing Fair Trade projects.
This year Garth completed a stage 3 university paper in social marketing. This is all about using marketing techniques to promote behaviour change. This was an extension of his work over the last few years with the RAP – Respect All People Whakamana Tangata project www.respect.org.nz