Joint Venture update: Registration of Interest open for Whānau Resilience Services and more

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The February update from the government’s Joint Venture on Family Violence and Sexual Violence includes:

  • Update from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Domestic and Sexual Violence), Jan Logie MP
  • A call to service providers interested in offering Whānau Resilience Services (Registrations of Interest close 12 March 2019)
  • Testing of a new risk and needs assessment service for people issued with a Police Safety Order in Counties-Manukau, Hawkes Bay (Hastings) and Christchurch (central)
  • Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Act comes into effect on 1 April 2019, providing additional employment protections for victims of domestic violence
  • Strengthening the criminal justice system for victims survey (also see our previous news story Justice reform survey open for victims/survivors of crime)
  • New family violence law sees 291 charges of strangulation by 31 January 2019, following the new law taking effect on 3 December 2018
  • National Coalition of Specialist Domestic Violence Service Providers and Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) are organising a conference in September (see the NZFVC event listing)
  • Pikiao Club creates whānau-focussed culture working with E Tū Whānau

The full update is available on the Ministry of Justice website.

The Registration of Interest process for service providers interested in offering Whānau Resilience Services is open on the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) until 1pm on 12 March 2019. The Government announced the launch of Whānau Resilience Services in December of last year. The services will be nationally procured but regionally designed. The purpose is to enable family violence service providers to offer long-term support to individuals, families and whānau affected by family violence. Read more about Whānau Resilience Services on the Ministry of Social Development website and see the February update from the Ministry of Social Development’s work programme to strengthen family violence and sexual violence services.

You can sign up to receive the full updates direct to your inbox by emailing the Joint Venture Business Unit: familyandsexualviolence@justice.govt.nz.

Related news

The Government's Joint Venture Business Unit, Family Violence and Sexual Violence (JVBU) is seeking up to 18 representatives to participate in two expert design groups (Tauiwi and Kaupapa Māori). The deadline to submit your interest is 8 March 2019.

A new report, An evaluation of the Ministry of Justice-funded domestic violence programmes (2018), summarises findings from an external evaluation of family violence safety and non-violence programmes funded by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). MOJ commissioned the report last year to look at programmes that have been offered to victims and perpetrators of family violence since 2014. The research looked at the effectiveness of the programmes, how the services are designed and delivered, and what cultural knowledge, values, tools and practice models produce positive outcomes for Māori. The report also includes findings from a Ministry of Justice study of whether family violence offenders who participated in a non-violence programme following a non-mandated (voluntary) referral from the criminal court had a reduced likelihood of re-offending.

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New family violence charge nets 19 alleged abusers each day - police say stats are 'shocking', NZ Herald, 28.02.2019

Hands off: police making five strangulation arrests a day, victim relives 'terrifying' ordeal, NZ Herald, 28.02.2019

The Front Page podcast: Epidemic of strangulation shows reality of domestic abuse in NZ, NZ Herald, 28.02.2019

Man Up director says facilitator to 'be held accountable' for telling woman she deserved beating, Newshub, 25.02.2019

Women's Refuge concern about 'dangerous' Man Up programme, Stuff, 24.02.2019