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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWpjFSpPkTE


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”.


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 – http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/literature-reviews/the-effectiveness-of-self-defence-programmes/literature-review.html

What makes self defence programmes for girls effective?

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.


Supporting White Ribbon to prevent men’s violence

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

What Gray Matter has been up to

Late last year we spent two months in India.

Garth at the Men Engage conference, New Delhi, Nov 2014

Garth attended the Men Engage conference in New Delhi (www.menengagedilli2014.net) which focused on efforts from around the world to change gender attitudes of men.  This is a key aspect of violence prevention, alongside a range of health and development projects.

The remainder of the time was holidaying – trekking near Darjeeling and in Sikkim, and touring in Kerala, in the south of India. Kerala was a peaceful, laid back place and the tour involved something physical every day – cycling, walking or kayaking the famed backwaters. All great fun.

Garth has a range of violence prevention and mentoring projects for early 2015. This involves designing more programmes for men changing their behaviour.

This year Alison is focusing on research, report writing and editing, with a particular interest in helping NGOs meet their accountability requirements. She welcomes approaches from organisations who’d like some help

Gray Matter in early 2012

Alison is currently working on background papers for the White Paper on Vulnerable Children.

Garth spent much of early 2012 working with a home care provider in Hamilton and Tauranga. He was also away co-facilitating a ‘Sex and Ethics’ training programme.  He continues providing supervision services.

Both Alison and Garth have enjoyed keeping fit and getting out to enjoy the great Autumn:

Not sitting on the fence