Pacific Family Violence Training Programme
The Pacific Family Violence Training Programme brings to life the Nga Vaka o Kaiga Tapu conceptual frameworks for addressing family violence in eight ethnic specific Pacific communities. The Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu framework defines the meanings of family, violence, and key concepts and principles that promote family wellbeing across these eight communities. This work has included designing and delivering eight comprehensive evidence based training packages to build the capability of ethnic specific practitioners, service providers, community leaders, church ministers and community representatives who work with Pacific victims, perpetrators and families affected by family violence.
The implementation of this programme was a significant undertaking for ACIT in this financial year. It involved liaising with family violence leaders across the academic, practitioner, ethnic-specific and community spectrums to refresh and operationalise the Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu conceptual frameworks. Delivery of the programmes involved significant logistical planning, development of facilitator and participant support material and a dynamic communications approach to ensure that participants were recruited and well supported to learn and contribute their experiences of working with our Pacific families to address family violence.
For the reporting period, co-design work was initiated across all ethnic groups. Training was delivered for the Samoan and Cook Islands communities, with the majority of the training programmes scheduled for 2017/18. A total of 122 hours (or 14 days) of training were delivered. 51 people participated in the programmes for this period with the ethnic breakdown is as follows:
- 84 percent of participants indicated that the training programme met or exceeded their expectations
- 76 percent of the Samoan training participants reported that as a result of the programme they had already or planned to make changes to their practice
- 68 percent of the Cook Islands training participants reported that as a result of the programme they had already or planned to make changes to their practice
- 19 ethnic specific facilitators were trained and delivered their ethnic specific programmes.
- participants of the Tūranga Māori (the Cook Islands programme) wrote and submitted a submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Family and Whanau Violence Legislation Bill.
- 2 community participants on the Tūranga Māori (Cook Islands programme) have commenced enrolment for a Bachelor of Social Work at Whitireia Polytech
- 26 ethnic specific highly experienced family violence practitioners, academics and experts participated in the codesign processes to develop the content.
The success of the training programme builds on the strong foundation laid by the community and cultural leadership involved in the development of the Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu conceptual frameworks for addressing family violence. ACIT wishes to acknowledge the Ministry of Social Development, Malatest International and the ethnic-specific facilitators who have partnered with us to deliver the programme. We also acknowledge Mr Fa’amatuainu Pereira, who has championed the Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu cultural frameworks at both government and community level since its inception.
Figure 1: Ethnic make-up of the 25 participants who attended the O le Tōfā Mamao Samoan Family Violence Training Programme
Figure 2: Ethnic make-up of the 25 participants who attended the Tūranga Māori Cook Islands Family Violence Training Programme