Exploring a twin-track approach to family and sexual violence elimination for Wāhine Whaikaha, D/deaf and Disabled Women

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He aha te kaupapa o taua nei rakahau?   What is this research about?

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou,
 ka ora ai tō tātou whānau                                                                                               

This whakataukī encapsulates the notion that while working in isolation might result in survival, working together as a whānau can take us beyond survival and onto prosperity.

Wāhine whaikaha, D/deaf and disabled women experience high rates of family and sexual violence. 

Over the past few years the New Zealand Government has done a lot of work to understand family and sexual violence, and to develop a whole of government approach to its prevention. 

This research supports the government’s commitment to eliminate violence and abuse and to reduce its impact on wāhine whaikaha, D/deaf and disabled women. It will generate knowledge that will help sectors to learn from each other, collaborate, and use their individual and shared expertise to respond to violence and abuse experienced by disabled women.

The aim of this research is to co-design a model that can help change the way supports and services work, so they are rights-based and responsive to wāhine whaikaha, D/deaf, and disabled women who have experienced violence and abuse. 

Mā wai e whakauru i taua nei rakahau?   Who can participate in this research?  

This research has three different, but interlinking parts called strands:

  1. Wāhine whaikaha Māori (Māori disabled women) and Kaupapa Māori Services
  2. D/deaf and disabled women
  3. Service providers in violence and abuse prevention 

All participants must be over the age of 18 and be able to provide informed consent to participate.

More information about how to register your interest to be part of this research project will come soon.  

Ko wai mātou?   Who is doing this research?

A group of disability researchers from around Aotearoa New Zealand are working on this research. Some of the researchers identify as disabled, and others have worked with disabled people in research for many years.

  • Assoc. Prof. Brigit Mirfin-Veitch (Kaiwhakahaere/Director, Donald Beasley Institute)
  • Assoc. Prof. Patsie Frawley (Ahoraki Tūhono/Associate Professor, University of Waikato)
  • Dr Kelly Tikao (Kairakahau Māori/Senior Māori Researcher, Donald Beasley Institute)
  • Dr Debbie Hager (Pūkeka/Lecturer, University of Auckland)
  • Dr Robbie Francis Watene (Kairakahau Matua/Senior Researcher, Donald Beasley Institute)
  • Umi Asaka (Paewai Rakahau/Junior Research Fellow, Donald Beasley Institute)
  • Eden Tuisaula (Kairuruku/Research Assistant, Donald Beasley Institute)
  • Aroha Mules (Kairuruku/Research Assistant, Donald Beasley Institute)

This research is funded by the Health Research Council and will be hosted by the Donald Beasley Institute, an independent disability research institute that is based in Ōtepoti Dunedin.



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