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New report about the experiences of the Pacific sexual violence workforce

January 27, 2023 at 11:10 AM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse -

This is the first report to focus solely on the experiences of the Pacific sexual violence workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Report about the Pacific sexual violence workforce

The report, Experiences and support needs of the Pacific sexual violence workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand (2022), summarises findings from the first research to look at experiences of Pacific sexual violence practitioners in New Zealand.

The research was completed by Pacific peoples for Pacific peoples in partnership with the Te Ohaaki a Hine National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) Pacific Steering Group, the University of Auckland, the University of Waikato, and Tapasā mo Aiga. The Ministry of Social Development Commissioned the research.

The research involved a literature review, an online survey and individual and group talanoa of past and current members of the Pacific sexual violence workforce. The online survey was completed by 40 participants and 13 participants engaged in the individual and group talanoa.

The authors found that a Pacific sexual violence workforce is emerging and is currently made up of less than 50 Pacific sexual violence specialists of Pacific descent. The online survey found that the workforce is mostly female (95%) but also includes male and non-binary/third gender members as well; is well qualified with 80% holding at least an undergraduate degree; is older with 70% over 40; and majority Samoan ethnicity (51%) but overall a very diverse group from across the Pacific.

Most (87%) are employed by non-government agencies, with 24% as social workers and 24% as counsellors. Many do extra or pro bono work for Pacific clients who need but cannot meet service costs or are not eligible for funding support. The researchers called for further research to look at the context and extent of this and the impact on the Pacific workforce.

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