Shakti Youth launches campaign on migrant and refugee children witnessing violence at home

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Shakti Youth has launched a campaign highlighting the experiences of migrant and refugee children and young people witnessing violence at home.

The Find Your Voice campaign was launched on 25 May 2015, featuring local young poets and speakers of migrant and refugee backgrounds. The event was called RE-GENERATE, referring to the healing and growth that needs to happen with new generations to break the cycle of family violence and gender-based violence.

Shakti is distributing posters, brochures and social media resources across Auckland. You can request resources and connect with the campaign through the Find Your Voice tumblr, or the Shakti Youth website, Facebook page and Twitter.

The campaign was initiated after the brutal murder of a woman and her daughter in West Auckland in 2014. The young woman was only 18 years old when she was killed by her father. Shakti decided there was a need to do more to support children and young people living in violent homes.

Mengzhu Fu, Youth Project Coordinator at Shakti Family Centre, said "We want migrant and refugee youth know that if they are going through this, they are not alone. It’s not their fault and there are people who can help. For the young people who have spoken up about it, we want their voices to be heard."

The project is supported by Auckland Council and Youth Week.

Further research and resources on children's exposure to intimate partner violence

Presentations from Children, child maltreatment and intimate partner violence: Research, policy and practice conference (Wellington, 2013)

NZFVC Issues Paper 3 (April 2013) Understanding connections and relationships:Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting

NZFVC Issues Paper 4 (April 2013) Policy and practice implications: Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting

Family violence by ethnicity

Towards freedom from violence: New Zealand family violence statistics disaggregated by ethnicity. (Paulin, J., & Edgar, N. Office of Ethnic Affairs, 2013).This report identifies the available data disaggregated by ethnicity and explains some of the issues involved with the collection of ethnic-specific data in New Zealand.

Media

Shakti launches “Find Your Voice” campaign, Press Release: Shakti Community Council, Scoop, 16.07.2015