Community surveys inviting feedback

Thu 29 Sep 2022

New community surveys are inviting feedback about police responses to victim-survivors and Takatāpui and Rainbow Elders experiences and needs.

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Community surveys

The following surveys designed by and for communities are inviting feedback on:


Survey on police responses to family and sexual violence

Backbone Collective is running an anonymous online survey to find out from victim-survivors how the NZ Police response to family and sexual violence can be improved. The survey is for women, trans and non-binary people, who are 16 years or older and live in Aotearoa New Zealand, and have experienced partner/family violence or sexual violence. The survey invites victim-survivors to share feedback on:

  • whether they contacted the police, and why or why not they contacted police
  • how police have responded to them
  • ideas for how to improve the police response to partner/family and sexual violence.

Victim-survivors can participate in the survey whether or not they have had contact with the police.

The online survey is open now and closes 31 October 2022 (closing date extended).

The findings from the survey will be used to create recommendations which will be presented to NZ Police and other government agencies.

Backbone is working with Takatāpui and Rainbow organisation Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura to better understand the needs of Takatāpui, trans and non-binary people, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual and asexual women. Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura is a Takatāpui and Rainbow organisation focused on building communities without violence. The survey responses will be read, analysed and written up into the final report by Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura.

As well as Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura, Backbone developed this survey with specialist advisors from Te Whakaruruhau - Waikato Women's Refuge, Shama - Supporting Ethnic Women, and other experts and advocates.

You can find out more about Backbone by visiting their webpage and Facebook page.


Survey for Takatāpui and Rainbow Elders

Elder Voices is an online survey for Takatāpui and Rainbow Elders, including Takatāpui and Rainbow Elders who may not be “out.” The survey is confidential and anonymous, and open to everyone over 55 who knows they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, non-binary, intersex or Takatāpui. People do not need to be “out” to anyone else to take part.

The survey is open now and closes 20 December 2022.

The survey is a collaboration between Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura and Rainbow Hub Waikato. The findings from this survey will be used to create a report to inform plans and services for Takatāpui and Rainbow Elders.

To learn more, see the Elder Voices survey information sheet and the following videos from the launch of the survey:

  • Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson talks about the importance of Elder Voices
  • Minister for Seniors Dr Ayesha Verrall discusses the project
  • Elder Voices research team members and advisors Dr Huhana Hickey and Lexie Matheson offer their thoughts on the project
  • An overview of the project from research lead Sandra Dickson and Elder Voices social work lead Kathleen Miller
  • Age Concern's Professional Educator for Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Hanny Naus, welcomes the project.

To help promote the survey find resources and share the Rainbow Hub Waikato Facebook post.

Elder Voices is funded by Te Puna Aonui through the Te Kari Kaumātua | Office for Seniors as one of 11 projects funded from the Elder Abuse Prevention Fund.

Related news

The 2022 Counting Ourselves transgender and nonbinary health survey is open. The anonymous online survey is for all trans and non-binary people aged 14 years or older and currently living in Aotearoa New Zealand. The survey includes questions related to violence and relationships. The core research team is based at the University of Waikato and includes academic staff and students who are trans, non-binary and cisgender. The survey is also a Kaupapa Māori informed research study. The survey is open now and closes on 30 November 2022.

Related media

Not Invisible - Let’s Celebrate The Resilience And Contribution Of Older Women, Press Release: Age Concern, Scoop, 23.09.2022

Transgender, non-binary abuse victims asked for experiences with police, Stuff, 19.09.2022

Funding boost for Waikato groups fighting elder abuse, Waikato Times | Stuff, 24.06.2022

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