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Presenters welcomed for upcoming national sexual and domestic violence conference

Thursday, January 17, 2019   Posted in: Conferences By: Administrator With tags: conferences, violence, sexual health, families

The National Coalition of Specialist Domestic Violence Service Providers, in partnership with Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) invite proposals for speakers and workshop facilitators for their conference “Challenging Conversations and Complicated Spaces: Titiro whakamuri, kia anga whakamua – Sexual and Domestic Violence Specialist Services reflecting forward.”

Dates: Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September 2019.
Location: Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Te Whanganui-ā-Tara (Wellington).

The kaupapa of this conference is sexual and domestic violence prevention and intervention. It will highlight and showcase the work of specialist sexual and domestic violence services, and aims to provide a platform to engage in kōrero to further improve responses, work together more effectively and create positive change for tamariki, wāhine, tāne and whānau across Aotearoa.

The key themes of the conference:

  • Kaupapa Māori approaches to ending violence.
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi: implications and responsibilities for agencies and individuals.
  • Collaborative approaches and challenges.
  • The value and importance of specialist services.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous research, and research that specifically informs issueswithin Aotearoa.
  • Advocacy, prevention and social change.
  • Evidencing the work and measuring the impact of specialist service providers.
  • Emerging practices in service provision.
  • The role of specialist sexual and domestic violence services in an environment whereintervention and prevention is “everyone’s business”.
  • Engaging in “hard conversations” – demarcation and the impacts of competitive tendering.
  • Creative approaches.
  • International learnings.

All speakers and workshop facilitators need to submit a proposal no later than Tuesday 30th April 2019.

Proposals must include presenter details and a brief description (not exceeding 300 words), that meets the following criteria:

  • Inclusion of Te Ao Māori and other cultural approaches, where appropriate.
  • Is relevant to the key themes.
  • Promotes innovative techniques and best practices.
  • Highlights the importance of collaboration and working in unity, whilst bridging gaps to end violence.
  • Creativity is encouraged to engage audience participation and discussion.

Guidelines for presenters

  • Speakers have a 75 minutes timeslot and workshop facilitators have a 60 minute time slot. These need to include introductions and evaluations.
  • Data projectors and white boards will be available for presentations. Please organise your own handouts unless negotiated with Conference organisers prior to the event.
  • The Conference organisers reserve the right to edit titles and workshop descriptions for content and space.
  • All transport and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the presenter.
  • All conference fees are waived for presenters.

Contact the conference organisers if you have any questions or want to discuss further (

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