Research article: The Nature and Impact of Informal Mental Health Support in an LGBTQ Context: Exploring Peer Roles and Their Challenges

Research shows that LGBTQ communities experience high levels of suicidality and mental ill health. They also face significant barriers to accessing adequate mental health treatment in service settings. In response to these factors, it is likely that LGBTQ community members turn to their peers for informal mental health-related support. Such support, however, is largely undefined, the extent of it poorly understood and its impacts on those who perform it underexplored.

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Authors: Shane Worrell, Andrea Waling, Joel Anderson, Anthony Lyons, Christopher A. Pepping & Adam Bourne
4 Jan 2021

Government reveals 25-year plan to tackle family and sexual violence

Government reveals 25-year plan to tackle family and sexual violence

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Marama Davidson. Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

A 25-year plan to tackle the amount of violence in New Zealand homes is being unveiled by the government this morning.

The country’s first National Strategy for eliminating family violence and sexual violence, called Te Aorerekura, will see 10 agencies working together.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Marama Davidson said Te Aorerekura represents an evolution in the journey to address violence in homes and in communities.

Published in Radio New Zealand

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Tauranga exhibition’s new approach on Lake Alice abuse

The Moral Drift is the name of an exhibition that is on at the Tauranga Art Gallery until January 23rd. The exhibition investigates a partial history of our state care system, uncovering a legacy of abuse and the resiliency of the survivors who continue to seek justice today. It’s a collaborative project using several different mediums and skillsets. The Tauranga Art gallery director, Stephen Cleland explains the concept further.

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Published in Radio New Zealand
7 Dec 2021

Survivors call for new Government entity to hear allegations of institutional child abuse

Survivors call for new Government entity to hear allegations of institutional child abuse

John’s* life has been blighted by the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his Catholic school principal.

Forty years on, he is having to appeal to the Marist Brothers for redress, the very institution who employed the perpetrator.

John was shut out of the investigation before being offered a compensation figure he describes as insulting and an impersonal “computer-generated” apology letter.

Published in Stuff

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Research article: Evaluation of PartnerSPEAK

The findings of interviews with peer support workers address how the use of multiple instances of the intentional peer support model implemented by PartnerSPEAK has a mutual benefit for both peer workers and their clients. PartnerSPEAK provides advocacy and support for the non offending partner and family of a perpetrator of child sexual abuse and child exploitation material.

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Authors: Christian Jones, Delanie Woodlock, Michael Salter
Nov 2021