This one-of-a-kind edited collection draws on the expertise of authors from 16 countries representing 17 cultures to tell the story of domestic violence in their respective parts of the world. The book incorporates a strengths-based approach, including individual, relationship, community, and societal strengths. The collection draws on multiple perspectives (academics, counselors, organizers, activists, and victims) to determine strengths and analyze how they can translate into greater safety for victims, increased accountability of perpetrators, and improved policy formation and research. Each chapter focuses on the lived experiences of victims of intimate partner violence, child abuse, or elder abuse and includes information about the abuser, the family, the community, and the culture.

Family Violence in Aotearoa New Zealand

Family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand
E. CatherineDickey

Mā te rongo, ka mōhio; Mā te mōhio, ka mrāma; Mā te mārama, ka mātau; Mā te mātau, ka ora.

[Through resonance comes cognisance; through cognisance comes understanding; through understanding comes knowledge; through knowledge comes life and well-being]

Kupu Whakatauaki/Preamble

This chapter offers background on domestic violence in Aotearoa New Zealand. It includes briefly abuse against children and elders and describes the experiences of three Aotearoa New Zealand women who have developed strategies to “survive” domestic violence and move on. Two of these women are Maori (indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand) and one is European. The chapter also debates whether or not these women really are “survivors.” Mostly, it discusses the inequalities and difficulties caused ...

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