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In 2015, the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) celebrated 10 years as the national centre for family and whānau violence research and information. The tenth birthday of the Clearinghouse was celebrated with an event at the University of Auckland's Tāmaki campus in October 2015.
We launched a report, New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse: Overview and Highlights (October 2015). In the past four years, the Clearinghouse has responded to almost 1000 requests for information and initiated over 600 community engagement activities. There have been more than 42,000 users of the website in the last twelve months. Read the report to learn more about the work of the Clearinghouse. We also encourage you to share it with colleagues who may find the Clearinghouse a useful resource.
At the event, speakers discussed the role of the Clearinghouse in New Zealand's efforts to prevent family and whānau violence, achievements of the Clearinghouse and future plans and directions. The day also included the launch of a University of Auckland pathway in violence studies, commencing in 2016 with a Postgraduate Certificate (for more information download the flyers for the course description and further options and the presentation below.) You can watch the video recorded presentations from the day below.
Opening address - Professor Ngaire Kerse, Head of School, Population Health, University of Auckland
The establishment and history of NZFVC - Sheryl Hann, former Outreach Coordinator, NZFVC
Role and achievements of NZFVC - Associate Professor Janet Fanslow, Co-Director, NZFVC
Message from the funder - Radha Balakrishnan, Principal Advisor, Client Services and Sector Change, Superu
Introducing postgraduate studies with a pathway in violence - Associate Professor Christa Fouche, Head of School, Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, University of Auckland
Translational research and social policy - Dr Andy Shenk, CEO, UniServices
The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse is your national centre for family and whānau violence research and information. The role of the Clearinghouse is to provide access to high quality information about family violence to people who work in the field. This includes ways to most effectively respond to people affected by violence, and how to prevent violence.
Clearinghouse Co-Director Associate Professor Janet Fanslow says, "We are encouraged by a growth in use of the Clearinghouse services over the last four years. It is a strong indicator that the sector is developing an appetite and an aptitude for using evidence to inform policy and practice. The sustained growth and positive feedback from our stakeholders demonstrates that the information we provide is regarded as trustworthy and relevant."
The Clearinghouse was launched in 2005 in association with Te Rito: New Zealand Family Violence Prevention Strategy. Te Rito was developed in 2002 as a plan of action to reduce and eliminate family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Clearinghouse has been hosted by the University of Auckland since 2011. UniServices is contracted to provide the service by the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu).
The Clearinghouse thanks Superu, the University of Auckland and UniServices for their support. We acknowledge all the people who have been involved in the Clearinghouse's work over the last 10 years. In particular, we acknowledge our users and the incredibly important work they do. We look forward to the activities and events of the next ten years.