Twin-track response to violence against disabled people with Dr. Debbie Hagar

We have an exciting training coming up with Dr. Debbie Hagar and Sue Hobbs on July 6th from 9am-3:30pm at the Hall @ St Paul’s Church, 112 Guyton Street, Whanganui. Cost: $40 and Lunch provided 😊

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Twin-Track Response to violence against disabled people

  • 1 in 5 people in Aotearoa experience disability.
  • Just over half of these require disability support services
  • The majority have more than one disability.
  • Disability rate increases with age.
  • 1 in 4 New Zealanders are limited by a physical, sensory, learning or mental health or other impairment.
  • 35% of disabled people are over 65 years old- that’s 370,000 people.
  • Disabled people are more likely to have lower incomes than non-disabled people.
  • 45% if disabled adults are employed compared to 72% of non-disabled adults.
  • 26% of the Maori population were identified as disabled, compared to 24% of the total New Zealand population.
  • Disabled children are less likely to do social things, such as playing in a sports team.
  • 34% of disabled women have no educational qualification, compared with 15% of non-disabled women.
  • For children, a learning difficulty is the most common type of impairment.

Family Violence can be disabling:

  • Family violence can result in short- and long-term disability including acquired brain injury, mental distress, blindness, hearing loss, internal injuries and muscular skeletal injuries.
  • Deliberate neglect and abuse can cause chronic illness and loss of function (mental and physical) which results in long-term disability.
  • Sexual violence is strongly associated with long-term mental distress and can also result in physical disability and brain injury because of physical attacks associated with the sexual violence.

Deaf, disabled people and adults at risk, means making mainstream prevention and response initiatives and services fully accessible and inclusive of disabled people and also providing targeted specialist services to address specific needs.

This workshop will begin by explaining the language that is used for disabled people and the language of a twin-track response. It will contextualise violence against disabled people, then provide activities and information to deepen your understanding of what a twin-track response means, both for mainstream services and those wanting to develop specialist responses.

We will discuss the supports and tools that are available for services who are starting or wanting to start this journey.

Risk Assessment in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV)- Theory to Practice with Rob Veale

Risk Assessment in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV)- Theory to Practice with Rob Veale

June 15th– 9:15am- 3:30pm

Brechin Lounge, St Paul’s Church, 112 Guyton Street

$75 NGO’s and Community Organisations

$95 Government, DHB and PHO staff, other professionals


About this Workshop

Research suggests that family violence homicides are the most predictable of all homicides.  They don’t happen out of the blue and therefore present the greatest opportunity for prevention.

Professionals engaging with people affected by family violence should understand the dynamics, scope and practicalities associated with both risk assessment as part of the safety planning process.  While it is critical to ensure the ‘voice and experiences’ of the victim is integrated into the safety planning process, practitioners must also apply their expertise to identify and understand escalating risks of serious harm and potentially death.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of risk assessment as part of the safety planning process
  • Consider some of the types of risk assessment tools used in the context of IPV
  • Understand and describe common risk markers associated with family violence and serious harm
  • Be aware of stalking as a high risk marker of serious harm in the context of IPV
  • Be able to apply their understanding of risk assessment to workshop scenarios (note: details of actual cases will be presented in this session).

The presenter

Rob has worked in the family violence sector for over 30 years.  His work in this area was recognised in the New Year Honours list in 2006.  He shares his extensive experience from Police, an inaugural member of the New Zealand Family Violence Death Review Committee, international experience with NZAID and health experience through his role as the Violence Intervention Programme Coordinator for CCDHB.

Rob has developed and delivered training to groups and communities throughout New Zealand on a range of family violence-related topics including risk assessment, strangulation in the context of IPV, specific workplace and wider inter-agency responses to family violence.


Rob will be running a session on ‘Safety Planning in the context of IPV’ in Whanganui on Thursday 3rd August 2023.  This session builds on the recent ‘Risk Assessment’ session some of you attended in February 2023.

From Rob’s perspective you would get most value from the “Safety Planning” session, after attending the ‘Risk Assessment’ session.  He is therefore repeating the risk assessment session on the 15 June 2023 so those that could not attend the February session can get better value from this new course.

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Child Protection in the context of Family Violence with Keino Smullen

Child Protection in the context of Family Violence with Keino Smullen

July Dates to be Announced

ZOOM workshop 9am-12pm over two consecutive mornings

$75 + GST per person


About this workshop:

  • Honouring those who have been taken from us​
  • Brief overview of 2 social work theories
    • Attachment Theory
    • Social Learning Theory
    • The implications/impacts of exposure to family harm on children
  • Consideration to children living in a home with family harm.
  • Exploration of Governing Legislation in Aotearoa   ​
    • Mandatory reporting child abuse
      • Practitioners’ obligations
    • Case Scenario and Report of Concern template
    • How to make a report of concern
      • Relevant information
      • What is relevant
      • Why is it relevant
      • How to capture critical information
      • Activity – talk through of how to undertake an informed/targeted Report of Concern
    • What happens to Report of concern when made
      • What you need to know about the process
      • Where does your Report of Concern go?
    • Whanau hui and Family Group Conference
      • The difference
      • What comes first and why
      • Why these were introduced
      • How they are facilitated
      • Expected outcomes from each
    • Our history and the importance of understanding
      • Puao te Ata Tu
      • Te Tiriti o Waitangi


Registration Information will be added once date has been finalised.

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