Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Trust and Injury Prevention Aotearoa are partnering to bring highly experienced clinical practitioners Joy Te Wiata and Russell Smith of Korowai Tūmanako to Invercargill to deliver a workshop on the complex and sensitive matter of preventing sexual violence.
The free introductory workshop is for social workers, youth workers and others working to prevent sexual violence, especially those who are newer to the job or who are looking for a refresher.
“The workshop provides people with information to strengthen their confidence in speaking about sexual violence with whānau/families within their homes and communities,” says Jackie Edkins, communications advisor for Injury Prevention Aotearoa.
“Our central message is that prevention of sexual abuse is possible. Perpetrators are not a lost cause. All but five percent can change their ways.”
Smith and Te Wiata have worked with perpetrators and victims in about 600 families. They define sexual violence as any harmful sexual behaviour, from rape to voyeurism, exhibitionism and derogatory sexual remarks.
At the workshop, they will talk about simple prevention strategies people can adopt to minimise harm and prevent sexual offending, whether it’s against children, young people or adults.
“We talk about recognising risky behaviour and signs of possible abuse, and what steps to take next.
“The idea is to get rid of some of the fears that workers might have of what could happen if they ‘look under the carpet’, and so avoid the conversation.”
The free workshop is being held at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Trust, 92 Spey Street, Invercargill on Friday 3 June 2016 from 9am to 3.30pm. To register go towww.injuryprevention.org.nz.
Joy Te Wiata and Russell Smith of Korowai Tūmanako are clinical practitioners, who bring both Māori cultural values and principles as well as clinical knowledge to their work, drawing on experience from sexual violence prevention education, survivor services and sexual offender treatment.
Injury Prevention Aotearoa is a national voice for injury prevention in New Zealand. As part of our work we organise training opportunities in key areas of injury prevention, including family and sexual violence. As a 50/50 Treaty partnership organisation we promote and support the development of Māori injury prevention initiatives.
For further information contact:
Injury Prevention Aotearoa
021 0246 2305