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Category Archives: Victim / Survivor Support

Keep an Eye Out for the Next Between Mother and Child Programme

Note from Engage Aotearoa: Apologies that this is going up at rather late notice, but you can likely add your name to the waiting list for their next programme. 

Inner City Women’s Group programme ‘Between Mother and Child’ is being run on the North Shore in collaboration with North Shore Women’s Centre. The programme starts on the 23rd October and there are still some places available. It is a unique programme which focuses on parenting in the context of domestic violence.

The course details are:

    • Start Date: 23rd October 2012
    • Day and Time: Tuesday, 10:00 am -12:00 pm
    • Venue: North Shore Women’s Centre

For enrolments and more information please call: 09-4444618 or 09-3604933

Women’s Refuge Conference 26-27 October 2012

Women’s Refuge Conference 2012 is happening on 26th & 27th October!

They have some great speakers. See below to find out more and register online!

Womens Refuge Conference

Register online now

Dealing with Disclosures of Sexual Violence Workshop 16 August 2012

Sexual violence impacts the lives of many in New Zealand.
It is essential for our communities to know how to support people who have experienced sexual violence

Are You Confident in Dealing with Disclosures of Sexual Violence?

In this one day interactive workshop you will learn about:

  • Historical perspectives, myths and societal beliefs of sexual violence.
  • The prevalence, dynamics and effects of sexual violence.
  • The legal aspects of sexual violence.
  • The practical implications of dealing with disclosures for your client, and you as a professional.
  • Effective, safe pathways to responding to a disclosure.
  • Services available in your area for survivors and people working with them.

16th August 2012
$224.25 inclu GST
(Private workshops available for groups as requested)

*** Receive a 50% discount on any of the half-day workshop when you book on a full day and half day workshop at the same time ***

For any additional information visit the rape crisis website www.rpe.co.nz.

For further enquiries or to register please email training@rapecrisis.org.nz for a registration form or contact Eileen Kelly on 361 2724

Acclaim Otago Launches Independent ACC survey

As a support group for injured people, Acclaim Otago is concerned that there is very little in the way of current and independent data available that accurately describes aspects of an injured person’s experience with ACC.

Acclaim Otago’s president, Dr Denise Powell says, “This is especially obvious when talking about rehabilitation and Vocational Independence. We are hearing anecdotally, that people are being exited from ACC without first receiving meaningful rehabilitation”.

ACC has recently said that “rehabilitation always comes first” but Dr Powell says “We have no simple way of finding out if this is correct or not. ACC does not currently keep data that identifies what happens once a person exits the scheme and we believe that is a huge gap. This survey aims to find out what happens to people who are clients of ACC.”

“We hope to use the survey results to make recommendations that will substantially improve the experience of injured people in New Zealand. We believe any improvements we can identify to the scheme will benefit not just the ACC and their clients, but potentially generations of New Zealanders to come” Dr Powell states.

The survey can be found at

Documentary about Trauma Release Exercises

Here is a link to a short documentary on TRE and its creator (Dr David Berceli) the last time he was in NZ. Just for your information.


Survey About Treatment of Sexual Abuse Victims by ACC

ACC “cold blooded” to victims

by Off the Couch: Kyle MacDonald on June 18, 2012

This post appeared as an article in the Sunday Star Times on Sunday the 17th of June, 2012: click here for the original

A survey around sensitive claims and the treatment of sexual abuse victims has raised more questions about the Accident Compensation Corporation…(Click here for the rest of this blog post)

Rape Prevention Education for People who Work with Youth: 18 July 2012

Register now for MECOSS’ next hosted event

Wednesday 12.30-2.30pm 18 July


At this meeting the presenters will provide information, tools, and discussion for those working with youth on sexual violence prevention

The topic is:  Adolescent experiences of sexual violence and dealing with disclosures of sexual violence

Come along and be informed, ask questions and develop confidence and skill in dealing with this important issue for young people


  • Miriam Sessa: Youth Team programme development & training
  • Ratika Rai:  Youth Team & Programmes Coordinator

Members FREE; Non-members $5

Venue: Haseler Hall, under All Saints church, cnr Selwyn St and The Glebe, Howick (parking off The Glebe)

Consultation on Changes to Public Health Service Specifications

If you are a non-profit organisation contracted to provide Public Health services, we invite you to attend one of four pre-consultation meetings about possible changes to the Public Health Tier 1 Service Specifications.

The Ministry of Health will formally consult on a new Public Health Tier 1 service specification later this year.

Tier 1 specifications are used as part of the service contracting processes, so changes will affect many NGO providers.

The NGO Working Group thinks it important that community providers have an opportunity to help inform development of the consultation document BEFORE likely changes are identified.

To assist with this process and give you a chance to influence the contracting process, the Working Group has organised four face-to-face events (in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch) in conjunction with the Public Health team in National Services Purchasing within the Ministry of Health.

9:30am-12:30pm, Monday 25th June 2012
Clifton’s Training & Seminar Centre,
Level 2, Tower Centre, 45 Queen Street, Auckland Central

1:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesday 26th June 2012
St John’s Conference Centre,
Cnr of Willis & Dixon Sts, Wellington

1:00pm-4:00pm, Thursday 5th July 2012
Kakapo Room, Ground Floor, Otago Museum
419 Great King Street, Dunedin

10:00am-1:00pm, Thursday 12th July 2012
Pohutakawa Room, Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
45 Roydvale Ave, Christchurch

There is also an online discussion space where you can share your thoughts.

To RSVP for one of the workshops, please e-mail your details to secretariat@ngo.health.govt.nz or grant.ald@xtra.co.nz

Grant Aldridge, Secretariat, Health & Disability NGO Working Group

Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) Workshops Auckland

Stress and Trauma Recovery: Trauma Release Exercises (TRE)

Super Early Bird Registration Open til 30th June

TRE is a simple technique, founded by Dr David Berceli Ph.D that helps individuals release stress, tension and trauma from the body. The TRE process consists of seven specific exercises that are designed to invoke the body’s natural, neuro- physiological mechanism of recovering from stressful and traumatic events.This mechanism is called neurogenic tremoring. Over 1.5million people all over the world have been taught TRE from Ethiopia to Christchurch, from military personnel and police officers to families and children.TRE is highly empowering as, for most people, the technique can be safely practiced at home.

“Helplessness is a universal state for people overwhelmed by traumatic stress. Gaining control of their symptoms, their body, and their life is an essential part of the healing process. Tension and Trauma Release Exercises,TRE, are powerful tools to achieve this. I have personally used David Berceli’s TRE and have taught them to friends and patients with remarkable results.” —Robert Scaer MD, Author of the Body Bears the Burden:Trauma Dissociation and Disease

Auckland:  1 day public workshop and 3 day Level 1 training REGISTER

For more information on TRE, including professional certification, visit our website www.traumarelease.co.nz.

Contact Steph Combe (National Coordinator for TRE in NZ) directly on 03 443 5878, or email info@traumarelease.co.nz.

Family Works North Shore Offer Safe Space for Youth affected by Violence or Abuse

Counselling Service for Children and Young People

FamilyWorks North Shore has a qualified and trained team who are able to offer a safe space for children and young people who have been affected by abuse, including those who have witnessed family violence. The team can travel across the North Shore and are available from Monday to Friday. Please call Tania on 4482633 for further details or to request a brochure.