Family Works Regional Conference 2017
Workshop Session: Opportunities to better support children that are exposed to domestic violence
by Katarina Gordon, Advocate/Kaiawhina, Shine
10:30AM – 12:00PM, Wednesday 19th July 2017 Room: Lyell Creek 1
This presentation: Discusses the issue of Domestic Violence with a particular emphasis on how these behaviours impact on children. It will consider how cultural factors can impact on engagement with individuals and families, how needs are assessed, solutions identified, and outcomes achieved. A broader discussion will be had about the less well considered impacts of Domestic Violence on children. This will not only consider the short and long-term harms, but also potential solutions and pathways forward. Ultimately, the presentation is designed to highlight the impacts of Domestic Violence on children and to ensure that effective strategies are developed which allow them to live safe, to live well, and to flourish.
Putting it into practice
Identifying issues, pathways and possible supports to best support Tamariki mokopuna and whānau in a culturally safe way.
Group will be split into two groups as even as possible with one scenario each to
– Identify and discuss issues
– Identify and discuss pathways
– Identify and discuss possible supports
Whilst focusing on the safety and cultural needs of the whānau.
Naku te rourou, Nau te rourou, Ka ora ai te iwi!
Tēnā koutou kātoa, he uri tenei no nga iwi o Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu me Ngai Tuhoe. I currently stand holding tōhu in Māori Development and Psychology. Prior to my role as Kaiāwhina at Shine i worked in community mental health within a Kaupapa Māori Hauora environment. My current role as Kaiāwhina has given me the opportunity to develop my professional experience in working with whānau who have or are being affected by Domestic Violence, with a core focus on māori whānau and being able to support them safely whilst attending to their cultural needs. It has also opened up the opportunity to support staff internally to strengthen their knowledge and understanding around māori issues and needs. Furthermore building confidence within staff to feel confident and capable to support māori whānau culturally in achieving greater positive outcomes. Being Māori myself, I strive to uplift tatou te iwi māori i roto i ngā mahi kātoa; as a woman I want to empower our wāhine to remember their worth; and as a mother I want to help protect our tamariki mokopuna but I also wish to help our tane strengthen and value themselves and their role in strengthening their whānau. Ki ahau, ko te korowai o te kaihanga, me te korowai o te rangimarie, ka horaina mai i runga i a tatou hei oranga mo te iwi. Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou kātoa.