People who have used violence

 These resources were compiled to support the government's engagement around the development of a National Strategy and Action Plans. The strategy, Te Aorerekura, was launched in December 2021. This page lists reports, research and other resources that provide an overview of key issues and perspectives for people who have used violence.

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The Family Violence Death Review Committee’s (the Committee’s) Sixth report Te Pūrongo tuaono: Men who use violence | Ngā tāne ka whakamahi i te whakarekereke (FVDRC, 2020) provides an overview of the lives of 97 men who used violence against their intimate partners between 2009 and 2017. The report explores men’s use of violence within the whānau or family, challenging the dominant cultural expectations of men as fathers. As noted in the executive summary, the Committee “aims to reframe prevention, early intervention and the role of communities by focusing on the need to decolonise institutions and develop social responses to a significant social problem”. A webinar about the findings from this report is also available. 

NZFVC Issues Paper 11, Responding to perpetrators of family violence (2016), by Devon Polaschek outlines the need for an integrated perpetrator response system in Aotearoa New Zealand. Such a system should include co-ordination between crisis response and immediate containment, criminal and civil court proceedings, sentence or order compliance, risk monitoring and behaviour change components, and provides services based on risk and need. 

Strengthening support for people who use family violence (MSD, 2020) sets out the strategic context for the responses the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) funds for people want to address their violent behaviour and live violence-free lives. MSD’s work programme focusses on implementing the new Budget 2020 funding and the priorities for strengthening and stabilising all MSD-funded family violence responses set out in MSD’s new Family Violence Funding Approach. 

Our selected bibliography on Working with perpetrators (2016) provides a guide to research literature on working with perpetrators of intimate partner violence. The key readings, overviews and reviews/meta-analysis address the question: “Do perpetrator programmes work?” The main section presents New Zealand and international research covering topics such as engagement, evaluation, retention, recidivism, outcomes and typologies.

Former family violence perpetrators' narratives of change (2014) was commissioned as part of the Glenn Inquiry. The study employed an in-depth qualitative methodology to gather former family violence perpetrators’ narratives of transformation. 

VicHealth (Australia) have developed the Framing masculinity: message guide (2020), which contains recommendations to support more productive conversations about masculine stereotypes. It is based on extensive research undertaken by Common Cause Australia on behalf of VicHealth in 2019 and early 2020.

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