Colonisation trauma linked to family violence

Chief Science Adviser for the justice sector, Dr Ian Lambie says, “Given the risk of inter-generational transmission of violence it’s essential that we work with children who have experienced abuse or have been exposed to violence in order to break the cycle.”

The report says there is a family violence related call-out in NZ every four minutes.

It also says intimate-partner violence is the leading cause of female homicide death and that eleven percent of Māori were still likely to experience a violent interpersonal offence by an intimate partner compared to five percent of the general population.

Lambie says, “Colonisation has had an inter-generational effect on Māori and Māori are disproportionately affected by family violence combined with other negative social effects of racism, discrimination and dislocation.  Programme design and implementation must be in accord with [the] Māori world view.”