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Supporting taitamariki Maori in the development of healthy partner relationships

18 months
Approved budget:
Ms Terry Dobbs
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Ngā Kanohi Kitea Project Grant
Lay summary
The prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) amongst Maori has been an on going concern for Maori communities for many years (Pihama, Jenkins & Middleton, 2003), and given its prevalence and the youthful demographic of the Maori population there are growing concerns for taitamariki Maori in the healthy formation of their intimate partner relationships and the future impacts on whanau well being. Very few studies have been undertaken with young people and even fewer with taitamariki Maori on this health issue. Using kaupapa Maori methodology this projects seeks to engage with Taitokerau runanga to provide access to 70 taitamariki Maori participants (13-17 years of age) to gather their views on intimate partner relationships, violence and the provisions of supports needed if violence should occur. The research aims to contribute to the long term strategies for the reduction and prevention of taitamariki IPV and whanau violence leading to whanau ora.