Research: Pacific solutions to issues such as family violence

The Ministry of Social Development provided research funding for the completion of a number of research reports focusing on family violence and Pacific communities. These MSD funded research projects demonstrate how important it is to understand Pacific notions of family and relationships and Pacific solutions to issues such as family violence.

 

 

A lack of data regarding family violence and Pacific communities led MSD and Pacific community representatives to work to improve information and evidence about Pacific family violence.

 

Overall five tertiary institutions were involved in the research projects: Whitirea New Zealand, Auckland University, Massey University, the Auckland University of Technology, and the University of Canterbury which administered the projects.

 

Headed by Dr Yvonne Crichton-Hill the projects arose from a research agenda set by the Pasefika Proud Research Komiti (PPRAK) aimed at improving information and evidence about Pacific family violence.

 

Dr Yvonne Crichton-Hill says the MSD funded research projects demonstrate how important it is to understand Pacific notions of family and relationships and Pacific solutions to issues such as family violence.

 

Four reports have been released:

 

  • “Literature search of Cook Islands cultural concepts to inform family violence interventions and practice” by researcher, Dr Jean Mitaera and her students, Langi Paasi and Helena Filipo, from Whitirea New Zealand.

 

  • “Tongan ethnic-specific approaches to family restoration.” By Sesimani Havea supervised by Dr Siautu Alefaio-Tugia, Massey University.

 

  • Research aimed at generating knowledge about social and kin relationships and in response to the question “What makes for a good marriage or partnership?” By Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, Auckland University of Technology, along with Koleta Savaii and Eti Puni.

 

  • And “Family violence initiatives and Pacific men: A literature review” by Gemma Malungahu and her research supervisor, Associate Professor Vili Nosa at the University of Auckland, which focuses on the role of Pacific men in strengthening Pacific families.

 

The Pasefika Proud research reports champion Pacific voices in the family violence field and emphasises the importance of indigenous Pacific remedies in the fight against family violence.

 

This means responses that are culturally located and driven by Pacific cultural values acknowledge that different cultural communities will employ different processes to heal and transform Pacific individuals, families and communities.

 

The reports reveal that Pacific communities are diverse, adaptive and innovative and that these strengths can be harnessed to develop ways of working with family violence that restore peace, harmony and wellbeing to impacted family systems.

 

If you would like to read the reports to go Pasefika Proud / Resources.
 

 

About Pasefika Proud

 

The Pasefika Proud Campaign addresses violence in Pacific families by using clear, consistent messaging around building strong families, preventing and addressing violence designed, delivered and led by Pacific peoples. For more information go to the Pasefika Proud website.

 

 

 

 

 

24/09/18