Pasefika Proud ethnic specific family violence prevention training 2018-19

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Pasefika Proud has confirmed dates for the next round of ethnic specific family violence prevention training programmes from late 2018 through 2019.

The training programme is designed to build the capability of Pacific providers and practitioners by providing training on culturally appropriate responses to Pacific individuals and families affected by family violence. People of influence in Pacific communities are also able to participate.

There are two parts to the training programme:

Part 1: What you need to know covers what defines family violence, the effect on Pacific communities, relevant legislation, the latest data, safety planning and managing risk with an emphasis on the experiences of Pacific peoples and their families. It is designed for Pacific community support workers and members of the Pacific community who are often the first people approached by Pacific families experiencing family violence. 

Part 2 offers ethnic specific programmes that address cultural approaches to family wellbeing when dealing with family violence, specific to one of the eight biggest Pacific communities living in Aotearoa New Zealand: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.

For upcoming training dates as well as more information and to register your interest see the Pasefika Proud website.

Other training

Le Va offers Pasifika cultural competency training for health and disability workers (not specific to family violence). They have released the dates for their 2019 training. Some sessions have a disability focus. 

Le Va also offers LifeKeepers, a national suicide prevention training programme created especially for New Zealand communities. The programme is designed especially for people who work in communities or in frontline community roles, such as: support workers, sports coaches, emergency service personnel, church leaders, school counsellors, youth workers, Māori wardens, caregivers, Kaumatua and community leaders.

Related news

Aotearoa New Zealand

In July 2018, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio announced the launch of a five year national violence prevention programme for Pasifika young people, called Atu-Mai. 

At the Pacific Aotearoa Summit in November 2018, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples launched a new report. The report, Lalanga Fou, sets out the Government's vision for Pacific communities in New Zealand. It was developed from public consultation involving an online survey and talanoa (discussion, conversation). See the Pacific Aotearoa website for more information including brief summaries and case studies.

Also in 2018, four new reports were published from research projects exploring ways to address family violence in Pacific communities and cultural contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Pacific nations

Eleven Pacific countries have agreed to form a regional working group to address domestic violence. The group will support countries with implementation of existing domestic violence or family protection legislation, which could include common regional strategies and initiatives. Listen to an interview with the director of the Pacific Community's Regional Rights Resource Team, Miles Young on Radio NZ.

The Samoan national inquiry into family violence released its final report in September 2018. The full report, National Public Inquiry into Family Violence in Samoa State of human rights report (2018) is available from the Samoa Office of the Ombudsman.

Selected and related media

Vanuatu, Fiji lead the fight against domestic violence, Radio NZ, 12.12.2018

NZ govt launches new vision for Pacific communities, Radio NZ, 15.11.2018

Solomons police improve response to family violence, Radio NZ, 28.10.2018

Solomons communities report positive change through justice programme, Radio NZ, 24.10.2018

Pacific women share stories of overcoming adversity, Radio NZ, 01.10.2018

Pacific women share stories of overcoming adversity, Radio NZ, 24.09.2018

Samoa domestic violence inquiry seeks to lift 'veil of silence', Radio NZ, 20.09.2018

MPs Group to address sexual and reproductive health, Press Release: New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development, Scoop, 20.09.2018

It takes a village: How Village Council can curb family violence, Samoan Observer, 16.09.2018

Samoa Govt called on to lead struggle against violence 'crisis', Radio NZ, 13.09.2018

Violence hidden in plain sight for Pacific teens says UNICEF, Radio NZ, 13.09.2018

Samoa govt can't combat violence alone, says ombudsman, Radio NZ, 11.09.2018