Garth

I specialise in researching and designing new initiatives.

My focus is on preventing men’s violence against women and promoting positive male behaviour.

I do this by:

  • Researching options, including consulting all those involved.
  • Designing effective programmes, services and resources.
  • Writing plans, proposals and issue papers.
  • Facilitating positive training experiences.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of services and pilots of new developments.
  • Mentoring and professional development.

Since 2015 I’ve researched and designed New Zealand’s White Ribbon’s Respectful Relationships campaign that promotes respectful behaviour for men and addresses sexual violence. This is a bold new approach to preventing violence, by directly promoting the respectful behaviour we want instead of abuse.

This project also involved developing five different toolboxes for men with actions they can take to be respectful towards women. These unique resources showcase my interest in promoting positive male behaviour.

The posters for White Ribbon’s 2017 campaign are here.

The posters for White Ribbon's 2017 campaign are here.

Last year I researched and wrote the briefing paper for White Ribbon’s Raise Our Men film, a great new approach, featuring interviews with New Zealand men about their experience of male socialisation. I was also interviewed for the film. This is receiving very positive reviews and is being used with groups of men. The film can be viewed here.

The White Ribbon campaign is based on the principles identified in an issues paper on Effectively involving men in preventing violence that I researched and wrote for the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse in 2013. It’s available here.

In my role as a White Ribbon Ambassador I’ve been interviewed for radio and television about the Respectful Relationships campaign.

Over the last nine years I have researched, designed and implemented many other initiatives to prevent violence from occurring (primary prevention), as well as designing seven behaviour-change programmes for men using violence. I have also facilitated a range of violence prevention training workshops.

This has involved working in different cultural settings – I have designed an innovative ‘Living Without Violence’ programme for Tongan men that is based on key Tongan values, and another similar programme for Samoan men. I also worked with male health promoters in Papua New Guinea who work to prevent HIV and violence to women. We made promotional videos these men could use to promote positive health messages to others.

In 2014 I had an article on “Using primary prevention strategies in behaviour-change programs” published in the Australian No to Violence Journal.

Check out my CV for more information.