A new government-backed campaign has been launched to help eliminate family and sexual violence, and suicidal behaviour among Pasifika young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Atu-Mai violence prevention programme has been developed to equip Pasifika young people and their families with the knowledge and tools to live violence-free. It takes an educational and skills-based approach to behavioural change across generations, and to strengthening Pasifika communities by developing confident and resilient Pasifika young people.
A Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Bill is currently making its ways through Parliament and recently passed a Committee of the whole House ahead of its third reading. The Bill would give victims of domestic violence the right to request up to 10 days leave to access vital services, including doctors’ appointments, legal proceedings or relocation support.
The Tertiary Education Union is also negotiating collectively for domestic violence clauses to be included in collective agreements at tertiary education institutions.