The next Connections Hui of 2022 is just around the corner. This time we will be exploring the 6 key changes or ‘shifts’ to eliminate family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa New Zealand, outlined in Te Aorerekura, the National Strategy adopted by the government. On the 29th of June from 10am – 12pm we’ll meet and speak about these shifts from an ethnic community’s perspective.
We will be joined by representatives from the Joint Venture Business Unit (JVBU), who will explain what each shift means and the actions attached to it. We will then break into smaller groups to look at each shift and what they mean to us. It’s important that our collective work aligns and contributes to the national strategy.
Connections Hui March 2022
‘I didn’t know who to reach out to’ is one of the most common things that Shama workers hear, when someone approaches us to ask questions about sexual harm, or family violence.
While there are many different organisations working in this area in Aotearoa New Zealand, often people who are looking for help are not sure if mainstream organisations will understand the context and needs of survivors from ethnic communities.
“The first Connections! Hui was what gave me the push to get more professionally involved in this work” says Joanna. Joanna now runs the Shama Long Term Therapeutic Service and supports ethnic therapists to engage and discuss best practice for working with ethnic clients.
Joanna explains that “While it is true that all people working in this area want to do a good job, it’s also important that ethnic therapists and ethnic community workers can come together as a network, to talk about issues specific to our communities and to design solutions that fit us perfectly.”
In March this year, Shama hosted the Connections! Hui alongside the Hon. Marama Davidson, Minister for the Prevention of Family violence and Sexual violence.
The March 2022 Connections! Hui marked the second hui of it’s kind – in 2019 ethnic therapists and community workers from across Aotearoa came together at the Grand Hall of Parliament House to start this journey.
We put together the findings from the 2019 hui into 4 papers (see below) that were used by government to develop their new strategy, Te Aorerekura.
- Addressing Sexual Violence for Ethnic Communities: Prevention
- Addressing Sexual Violence for Ethnic Communities: Prevention – Responses from specific communities
- Addressing Sexual Violence for Ethnic Communities: Responding when harm has occurred
- Addressing Sexual Violence for Ethnic Communities: Principles and practices for a new service
You can find more about about the 2019 hui here.
The developing situation with COVID-19 means Shama is considering various options for running the hui, including Zoom options and several regional meetings, as well as meeting in Wellington at Parliament. Our first one for 2022, in March was done via Zoom and had a great turnout.