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Type: Report
Title: Evaluation of programmes for Maori adult protected persons under the Domestic Violence Act 1995
Other Titles: Australian indigenous law reporter
Authors: Cram, Fiona
Karehana, Matewiki
Jenkins, Kuni
Pihama, Leonie
Keywords: Indigenous issues;Community development
Year: 2002
Publisher: Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales
Citation: 8 (1), March 2003
Notes:  See Research and Reference Database for complete report search under title Evaluation of programmes for Maori adult protected persons under the Domestic Violence Act 1995:
This NZ research report, commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Justice and the Department for Courts, presents the findings from an evaluation of 2 North Island programmes for Maori Adult Protected Persons under the Domestic Violence Act 1995:

a) Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki, at New Plymouth – having both a rural and urban focus, facilitators in this programme work with groups and with individual female Maori Adult Protected Persons and have a children’s programme linked with the Adult Protected Persons programme;

b) Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri, Anglican Social Services, at Otahuhu, South Auckland – large, well-established agency providing a range of services, providing both group and individual programmes, though working largely with individual female Adult Protected Persons.

Utilising qualitative research methods that incorporated Maori concepts for acknowledging and validating diverse world views and ways of being, main findings of the evaluation of the programmes are presented under the following 7 objectives to:
1. Describe the underlying philosophy, content, and processes of the programme;
2. Establish in what ways the programme meet the goals listed in Regulation 28 of The Domestic Violence (Programmes) Regulations;
3. Examine issues surrounding the implementation, resourcing, and delivery of programmes;
4. Describe the client group and any perceived impacts the programme has had on their lives and on their families;
5. Identify the factors which assist or impede take-up of programmes, including reasons for non-attendance;
6. Examine the extent to which the programmes meet the needs and values of their Maori participants; and.
7. Identify, within the context, elements of ‘best practice’ which could be generalised from these to other programmes.
Key principles in the benchmarking of programmes are summarised. From the evaluation, 3 key principles have been identified for the delivery of domestic violence programmes for Maori women:
1. Use of the traditional Maori ways of validation as mentioned above (Te reo Maori me ona tikanga or valuing tradition and culture);
2. Having a holistic Maori solution base (Kaupapa Maori); and,
3. Individual and collective healing.
System responsiveness has also been explored. While it has shown that Maori women were highly satisfied with these programmes, the evaluation has also revealed barriers for some women wishing to attend them, such as transportation and access to childcare. The evaluation also highlighted the need for long-term, ongoing support for women.
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