Research Publications

Results from second Aotearoa New Zealand gender attitudes survey

The National Council of Women of New Zealand has published results from the second survey of gender attitudes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Peer Support in Mental Health: Literature Review

Background: A growing gap has emerged between people with mental illness and health care professionals, which in recent years has been successfully closed through the adoption of peer support services (PSSs). Peer support in mental health has been variously defined in the literature and is simply known as the help and support that people with […]

Reporting of Sexual Assault and Abuse of Males in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community

A Thesis Presented in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. By Yevgeniy Pastukhov Semchenkov

A role for lived experience mental health leadership in the age of Covid-19

In 2020 an invisible assassin has swept across the world, creating chaos, confusion and uncertainty. Covid 19 has taken many people’s health, some people’s lives and the lives of loved ones. It has destroyed livelihoods and put the financial futures of billions at risk. We are helpless, there is nothing to fight back with. We […]

Exploring barriers to disclosure child sexual abuse

“To say it out loud is to kill your own childhood.” – An exploration of the first person perspective of barriers to disclosing child sexual abuse. By Jorunn E. Halvorsena, Ellen Tvedt Solbergb, Signe Hjelen Stigec

Provision of peer support at the intersection of homelessness and problem substance use services: a systematic ‘state of the art’ review

Peer support refers to a process whereby individuals with lived experience of a particular phenomenonprovide support to others by explicitly drawing on theirpersonal experience. It has been adoptedin a variety of service contexts including homelessness, substance use, mental and physical health. Those who experience homelessness have some of the most complex intersecting health and social […]

Peer Support Workers: An Exploration within an Irish Mental Health Service

Adult Male Survivors’ Disclosure of Childhood Sexual Abuse: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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Specialist sexual violence social work: Ensuring good practice

This research sought to understand social workers’ perspectives on good practice in specialist sexual violence social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. By Bridget Leary (Social Worker in the Sexual Violence Field, Wellington, New Zealand) and Dr Kathryn Hay (School of Social Work, Massey University, New Zealand)

What is known about effective recovery services for men who have been sexually abused?

This literature review brings together current evidence about effective approaches to support men who have been sexually abused (as children and/or adults) in their journey of recovery. The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) commissioned this literature review to inform service planning. Because of the limited evidence base we have taken a broad exploratory approach to […]

Gaps in Sexual Assault Health Care Among Homeless Young Adults

Young adults experiencing homelessness are at increased risk for sexual assault. Receiving a post−sexual assault examination has important implications for HIV and unintended pregnancy prevention; yet, utilization is not well understood. In a population at elevated risk for HIV, unintended pregnancy, and sexual violence, identifying barriers and facilitators to post−sexual assault examination is imperative.

Research report: LGBTQI experiences of seeking help and justice in the wake of sexual harm

Within Aotearoa/New Zealand’s justice system and help-providing professions, little is known or understood about LGBTQI experiences of sexual harm. In this research report, which is based on research I conducted as part of my Masters of Public Policy, I demonstrate that institutional and legal frameworks, as well as wider societal understandings of sexual violence, create […]

Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors

Description Successfully navigate the minefield of misinformation that can prevent justice from being done in child sexual abuse cases! … Google Books

Truth Project Thematic Report – Child sexual abuse in the context of children’s homes and residential care

What changes do victims and survivors suggest to improve child protection and prevent child sexual abuse in the future?

From surviving to thriving: factors associated with complete mental health among childhood sexual abuse survivors

Despite many negative health and social consequences of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), some of those with a history of adversity manage to thrive in adulthood and achieve complete mental health (CMH). CMH is defined as the absence of mental illness in combination with almost daily happiness and/or life satisfaction, as well as high levels of […]

Recipients of children’s and adolescents’ disclosures of childhood sexual abuse: A systematic review

Disclosure of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a complex, multifaceted process with many barriers that are largely shaped by individual, familial, and systemic characteristics.