Pacific pathways to prevention sexual violence

This multi-ethnic research project aims to;

  • Discuss ethnic-specific Pacific views of sexual violence, including protective and risk factors
  • Analyse the extent to which traditional Pacific cultural sexual violence prevention methods have been upheld or have broken down within the New Zealand context
  • Examine Pacific cultural sexual violence prevention approaches that could be further developed by sexual violence workforce in New Zealand
  • Determine the feasibility and appropriateness of traditional Pacific cultural sexual violence prevention approaches in New Zealand Pacific contexts
  • Extract positive messages and useful points for prevention, intervention and post-intervention
  • Provide recommendations for further developing Pacific pathways for sexual violence prevention

This project also intends to analyse relevant cosmology, language, rituals, protocols, behaviours, narratives, symbols, genealogies and practices as potential sources of pacific core values, ethics and beliefs relevant to healthy and safe relationships and sexual violence prevention.

Commissioned Research Team: Uniservices, Pacific Health, The University of Auckland.

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