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Supporting prevention needs for diverse communities

In Budget 2019, the Government committed $2 million in funding over two years to enable understanding of violence prevention needs and development of future violence prevention programmes in new migrant, rainbow, disabled and older people communities. This is a project aimed at understanding how violence impacts on these communities and in their context, their needs and aspirations, and supporting them to determine the services and support that they need to prevent and respond to family violence and sexual violence.

Community input

The Joint Venture Business Unit engaged with the relevant communities to identify opportunities for funding prevention initiatives. This input has informed the process and decisions made. In 2022, we’ll continue our community engagement to progress and develop family violence and sexual violence prevention initiatives, and the implementation of a new National Strategy. 

Massey CARE report

The Joint Venture commissioned a report from the Massey University Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation(external link) (CARE). This report summarises the findings of over 200 in-depth interviews with members of diverse communities and family violence and sexual violence stakeholders carried out by CARE in 2021. The report supports government to hear the voices of the diverse communities about their specific violence prevention needs. This increased understanding will support development of community-driven solutions based on those needs.

Read the full report: Community-led culture-centered prevention of family violence and sexual violence(external link)

Read a summarised version of the report: Executive Summary [PDF, 308 KB].

2021 Funding announcements

In November 2021, Minister Davidson announced(external link) that funding totalling $1.578 million would be allocated to support a range of community-led violence prevention initiatives. This includes:

  • Community Advisory Groups established by Massey University Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) to develop localised violence prevention initiatives and frameworks in five locations.
  • LGBTQIA+ centred violence prevention initiatives, including the development of practice guidelines, healthy relationships and consent resources, and an awareness raising campaign
  • Expanding the Safeguarding Adults From Abuse response in the Waitematā to safeguard adults at risk and tāngata whaikaha, deaf and disabled people
  • New violence prevention initiatives for migrant communities, including the expansion of the Shama community development programme to six new locations and the expansion of Let’s Talk, plus the development of community conversations and healthy relationship resources
  • An Age Friendly Fund to support the violence prevention needs of older people
  • Funding to build relationships and capacity for diverse communities to engage with Joint Venture agencies across the National Strategy and Action Plan.

Integrated Community-led Responses

International practices and local pilots have shown us that community-based responses to family violence are one of the most effective ways for government to have a long-term impact.

In Aotearoa, a community-led response in Tairāwhiti has shown a 19% reduction in family violence harm. In Counties Manukau, a community-led response has shown a 15% reduction in harm. An evaluation of Integrated Safety Responses has shown an 18% reduction in family violence offence-related re-victimisation for Māori impacted by violence living within ISR localities.

Integrated Community-led Responses (ICR) seek to support and enhance these community-based responses to family violence. This is so communities can create long-term, sustainable change for people at risk of, experiencing or impacted by family violence.

ICR have five key attributes: that they have a specific focus, are integrated and community-led, they focus on wellbeing, and have inter-agency support.

Key attributes of an Integrated Community-led Response

The Integrated Community-led Responses give practical and demonstrable effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi by supporting community leadership, providing an holistic wellbeing response that includes prevention, and by taking a whānau-centred approach.

There are many existing community-based responses to family violence in Aotearoa. Each of them embraces these attributes to different degrees and different levels of maturity.

Supporting community solutions

Local kaimahi have been sharing information and working together across government, NGOs, iwi and communities for many years, and will continue to do so. However, their successes often rely on individuals and their relationships and goodwill within communities and agencies.

Integrated Community-led Responses reflect a change in the government mindset towards funding and working with communities, with principles of community leadership, whānau focus, and understanding that the best solutions to complex social challenges come from within communities.

Several current community-based responses have identified opportunities to test, learn and improve their ways of working to better serve and support their communities. It is the government’s aspiration that everyone at risk of, experiencing or affected by family violence has access to an effective, evidence-based Integrated Community-led Response:

  • Regardless of where they live
  • That is responsive to the needs of whichever communities they belong to
  • That addresses all aspects of their safety and wellbeing.

There is significant opportunity to expand the reach of current community-based responses across New Zealand.

How does ICR help implement Te Aorerekura?

The ICR programme is an essential part of delivering on Te Aorerekura, and will play two key roles:

  • Sharing insights and best practice across the sector so communities can test, learn and improve based on the benefit of shared knowledge
  • Identifying and addressing system issues so community responses can be more effective – in particular, supporting a shift to a relational approach to commissioning.

In particular, the programme will:

  • Help to integrate efforts across government
  • Support Regional Commissioners to better coordinate family violence responses at a regional level
  • Actively work with and support ICR localities to develop their capability and identify roadblocks in the system.

Data, intelligence and insights

Te Puna Aonui agencies are working together to collect information from across the sector that we can use to:

  • better inform family violence and sexual violence system performance
  • direct the system response
  • enable a learning system that adapts and improves as it goes along.

New Zealand’s experience with COVID-19 reinforced the need for a system-wide view of family violence and sexual violence to enable the most effective government and sector response.

A wide range of social and economic circumstances directly impact on the risk factors of family violence and sexual violence. This highlights the need for data, intelligence and collective insights to make sense of it all and to guide the best way forward.

Diagram outlining things that protect against family violence and sexual violence.

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