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.


2016 PPSCN Webinar – Family Violence

Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network is hosting a series of webinars this year. First up was Family Violence, it is an insightful and well considered hour but the topic is harrowing and may upset.

The 2016 series of webinars is as follows, if the standard set by this one is anything to go by they will be worth registering for, just follow the links for details.
Suicide Prevention – Wednesday 25 May 2016
Road Safety–Thursday 18 August 2016
Update from the World Safety Conference 2016–Thursday 20 October 2016