Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Necessity of Collaboration to Address Family Violence


Report Reinforces Necessity of Collaboration to Address Family Violence

The latest report from the Family Violence Death Review Committee has got it right in highlighting the need to work more proactively with men who use violence, and urging agencies to work in a more integrated fashion says local family violence agency Aviva.

Expecting an end to violence by working predominantly with only the person experiencing it is never going to fundamentally change the family violence landscape believes Aviva CEO Nicola Woodward, who is a member of the South Island Family Violence Death Review Committee.

And given the complexities and danger involved in relationships where family violence is present, an ongoing and multi-agency approach to all members of the relationship – child and adult – is essential.

The Committee’s fifth report identifies a number of opportunities to improve government and non-government organisational responses to family violence, and cites Aviva’s innovative approach to working with men[, peer support, and commitment to co-location and collaboration as examples of promising practice.

“As an agency we’ve been moving in this direction for some time, adding work with men who use violence to our services for women and children in 2012. That creates a more holistic and realistic support system for families” says Woodward. High levels of demand for that service – ReachOut, which is a personalised and flexible support service – is testament to the fact that many men using violence do want support to change, to improve their own lives, and to become better parents and partners.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

The reality is that most people experiencing family violence will have complex and multiple needs, requiring the specialist support of many services says Woodward. That is why Aviva, along with other partner agencies, has been working for several years to create a new co-location model of service based in Eastgate Shopping Centre that will create more integrated inter-agency systems and communications (opening July 2016).

“Each of our partner agencies knows first-hand that many of our clients will have complex needs, requiring the specialist support of multiple services” Woodward says. “By co-locating a broad range of child and family health and social services, we enhance our capability to share information and develop a rapid multi-agency response to concerns of safety and protection, particularly for children. We believe that this will help remove the ‘gap’ between agencies that the Family Violence Death Review Committee report has spotlighted, and potentially save lives.”

“Being willing to consider new ways of working that will enhance safety, such as addressing how financial exclusion can keep people stuck in a violent situation - is imperative to the safety of our clients. That is what this report reinforces and it’s tragic that more people have lost their lives whilst we as a society and a community of support services really learn this lesson.”

For local family violence support, contact Aviva at or by calling 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669), free phone 24-hours a day.


© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How Climate Change Threatens Cricket‘s Future

Well that didn’t last long, did it? Mere days after taking on what he called the “awesome responsibility” of being Prime Minister, Christopher Luxon has started blaming everyone else and complaining that he's inherited “economic vandalism on an unprecedented scale” - which is how most of us would describe his own coalition agreements, 100-Day Plan, and backdated $3 billion handout to landlords... More

Public Housing Futures: Christmas Comes Early For Landlords

New CTU analysis of the National & ACT coalition agreement has shown the cost of returning interest deductibility to landlords is an extra $900M on top of National’s original proposal. This is because it is going to be implemented earlier and faster, including retrospective rebates from April 2023. More

Green Party: Petition To Save Oil & Gas Ban

“The new Government’s plan to expand oil and gas exploration is as dangerous as it is unscientific. Whatever you think about the new government, there is simply no mandate to trash the climate. We need to come together to stop them,” says James Shaw. More

PSA: MFAT Must Reverse Decision To Remove Te Reo

MFAT's decision to remove te reo from correspondence before new Ministers are sworn in risks undermining the important progress the public sector has made in honouring te Tiriti. "We are very disappointed in what is a backward decision - it simply seems to be a Ministry bowing to the racist rhetoric we heard on the election campaign trail," says Marcia Puru. More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.