Rainbow communities

These resources have been compiled to support the government's engagement around the development of a National Strategy and Action Plans. You can find more information about the engagement process and how to have your say at violencefree.govt.nz 

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This page lists reports, research and other resources related to Rainbow communities' experiences of family violence and sexual violence. This includes LGBTTQIA+ people (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Takatāpui, Queer, Intersex, Asexual).

Counting ourselves: The health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa New Zealand (2019) reports the findings from a national survey on the health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people. It includes data on sexual violence, and some abusive relationship behaviours specifically related to being transgender or non-binary.

Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence has conducted research on building Rainbow communities without violence. Their first research report, Building Rainbow Communities Free of Partner and Sexual Violence 2016, has information about rates and types of sexual violence and partner violence in Rainbow communities. From this research, Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura published reports on specific groups, factsheets and a Power and Control Wheel for Rainbow Relationships. Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura also published Healthy relationships and consent: through the lens of Rainbow identifying youth (2021). The report has findings from research from young people in Rainbow communities about what they want and need from healthy relationships and consent education.

Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) updated guidelines for mainstream crisis support services responding to survivors of sexual violence in 2016. The guidelines include information about appropriate and safe practices for frontline staff and services working with victims-survivors from diverse communities and cultures. This includes the Good Practice Guidelines for ‘Mainstream’ Sexual Violence Crisis Services - Doing our best for LGBTIQ Survivors.

The Honour Project Aotearoa (2020) is a report on Kaupapa Māori strengths-based research into the health and wellbeing of takatāpui/Māori LGBTQI+ communities. The research did not specifically ask questions about family or sexual violence but did ask about general experiences of violence.

The Ministry of Justice infographic Experience of crime by sexual orientation (2021) highlights statistics about lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people's experiences of crime including intimate partner violence and sexual violence.

See our news story highlighting key Research and resources on addressing violence in Rainbow communities from Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally for the 2019 Out on the Shelves campaign.

Rainbow Health Victoria, based in Australia, published Pride in Prevention: A guide to primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities (2020). The guide provides an overview of the drivers of violence, looks at frameworks for change and outlines initial priorities for intervention.

See our news story for recent international research on family violence and sexual violence in Rainbow communities.

Search the NZFVC library for more information on Rainbow communities | Takatāpui.