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Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura - Outing Violence is a community based project to build Rainbow communities free of partner and sexual violence.

More more more
Our Report and Findings Page has been completely revamped, to hold lots more information for you.  This is something I've been working on over the last few months, to respond to requests for more and different analysis of our 2016 research.  The original report covering all findings for the 407 people who answered our survey, as well as those who came to one of our 18 community hui has been supplemented by factsheets and targeted analysis for smaller groups inside the Rainbow community.

I have also added links to new guidelines for both the sexual violence sector and the family violence sector which include significant guidance on working with sex, sexuality and gender diverse people experiencing or causing violence.
Five new factsheets
We have created new summary factsheets, to highlight the ways partner and sexual violence happens inside Rainbow communities, impacts and what happens when people seek help at the moment, and who took part in our research. The final factsheet is a power and control wheel.  This kind of resource was first developed in the US to describe women's experiences of violence from men, and there have been many, many adaptations over the years.

The Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence: Power and Control Wheel for Rainbow Relationships describes the kinds of violence which people recognised inside Rainbow relationships in our community hui and survey.  It's a tool to help people describe experiences of violence, and to help Rainbow community groups and mainstream violence organisations support people experiencing violence.

Three new reports

Many thanks to people who got in touch to ask us about different ways we could analyse our survey data, to highlight the experiences of different groups inside our Rainbow communities.

With such a sensitive issue – and so little information available – it was important to approach this with care to respect the experiences that had been shared.

The targeted reports are now available, following feedback from people from these groups in the Rainbow community.  Because these are all groups who experience multiple kinds of marginalisation, the rates of violence are high, and it's also clear that existing services are not yet meeting these groups' needs in particular.  Please note, these reports may be distressing to read:

And New Guidelines.....

Last newsletter I asked for feedback into the new guidelines the Ministry of Justice were developing for those working to prevent or intervene in family violence.  Thank you to those who responded, and I am very happy to say all the suggestions made were included in the final document.  The Family Violence Capability Framework sets out the requirements for services to be competent and safe, and has lots about working with sex, sexuality and gender diverse people.  It also highlights the need for local relationships between Rainbow community groups and specialist violence agencies, so it's likely there will be more opportunities to work with agencies around the country.  The Framework is linked to on our website, to help people advocate in their communities.

The Framework is in addition to the new guidelines for the sexual violence sector, Te Ohaakii a Hine - National Network Ending Sexual Violence, for mainstream crisis services working with survivors of sexual violence which I mentioned a couple of newsletters ago.  You can also find these linked from our website. 

The Supporting Survivors in the LGBTI+ Community section includes tips, research and advice for crisis services and drew on our research as well as input from LGBTI+ advocates working inside the sexual violence sector.  Combined, these two sets of guidelines should help Rainbow community groups to advocate for our communities to receive good responses from the mainstream violence sectors.

Invitation to participate in research

Rebecca Gorringe from Massey University is trying to increase the knowledge base about intimate partner violence in the Rainbow community in Aotearoa.  She's written to ask me to distribute this call for Rainbow participants who work inside the family violence sector:

"I would like to invite you to participate in my research project which is seeking perspectives from professionals regarding Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) within the LGBT community.
Aims of the research:
• To identify characteristics of IPV within LGBT relationships.
• To investigate existing external barriers which prevent LGBT victims of IPV from seeking help.
• To identify gaps in New Zealand policy and/or support services directed towards LGBT victims of IPV for future research."

If you fit the bill and are interested in participating, you can email Rebecca for more information. 

MOSAIC Goes Rainbow

I checked in with George from MOSAIC about how their outreach event earlier this year for queer and trans male survivors of sexual violence had impacted on their services.  MOSAIC run Wellington region based peer support groups for male survivors, and Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura - Outing Violence supported this event and has been working with MOSAIC for more than 18 months now.   George said:

“Mosaic goes rainbow was a huge success, with a large public turnout we were really honoured to have so many diverse and impactful people attend. Since running the workshop we have had a large influx of LGBTI+ individuals contacting Mosaic and seeking help. While Mosaic sets itself as a ‘male’ service the programme is gender inclusive and recognises the archaic nature of the gender binary, so it was great to inform the community of our ethos and willingness to help anybody regardless of their personal identity. We look forward to working with the rainbow communities more In the future, and as always remember you are not alone – you only need to call!”

You can reach MOSAIC on 022 419 3416 or email them at

Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura - Outing Violence Changes

I'm very happy with the impact the work of Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura - Outing Violence over the last two years.  The vast majority of this work has been voluntary, and the website and all the resources, research, factsheets and links remain for people to use.  I have closed the Advisory Group now, and I am very grateful both to all those who were formally involved in that group, and all those who have provided confidential input.  I know partner and sexual violence are painful issues for us, and value that people chose to offer their experiences and advice in ways which suited them best.

I will be continuing to work in this area for our Rainbow communities, and I will do this in partnership with existing Rainbow community organisations.  So get in touch, anytime, if you want support or to explore an idea about any kind of project which will help build Rainbow communities free of partner and sexual violence.

Ngā mihinui,
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