SUPERU: What works for children exposed to family violence?

Another in the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit’s ongoing series of What Works reports has been released.

This time it looks at what family violence services are being delivered, how well they work and what the international evidence says on the subject.

There’s not a lot of fat in the report – it’s very focused and summarising any of it seems to come with the caveat that you need the context. With that in mind the key messages are:

  • Witnessing family violence and non-physical violence can be as traumatic as experiencing physical violence but this isn’t reflected in the programs available across New Zealand
  • Oranaga Tamariki’s birth is an opportunity for significant change
  • We need to tailor services to individuals
  • The quality of service provided is important and it needs to be trauma informed
  • Psychotherapy and parenting skills work best
  • We need more evidence about what our NZ programs deliver
  • Graded responses, including considering exposure to violence are needed
  • Resourcing services is an issue

There is a handy section on what people who work directly with families can do on page 17 that’s summarised in this video.

4 pages of references round out the report if you’d like to dig further.

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