New advisory role for Garth

Posted 20.03.17 by

Garth has recently been appointed to the government’s Expert Reference Group (for Sexual Violence Prevention). This voluntary role will advise the Sexual Violence Prevention Advisory Board and Ministerial Group on the viability and effectiveness of specific sexual violence prevention initiatives and activities. This will include whether proposed initiatives have an evidence base, are best practice, the potential for them to be scaled and targeted and if they will have an impact in preventing sexual violence. Garth was nominated for this role by White Ribbon NZ for his expertise in engaging men in effective violence prevention. “It’s men’s behaviour we really need to change to prevent violence so I’m looking forward to contributing towards our National Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy” says Garth.

New resource for fathers – to develop their son’s respectful sexual behaviour

Posted 23.11.16 by

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As part of his continuing work with White Ribbon’s violence prevention campaign Garth has recently developed a totally new resource for fathers – to support them in building their son’s respectful sexual behaviour.

This grew out of white Ribbon’s research that found that most fathers were reluctant to talk about sexual consent with their sons. They were three times more likely  to talk to them about finding a job and nearly half never discuss this with their sons. When fathers have daughters, they’re twice as likely to regularly discuss sexual consent with them.Raising sons who respect graphic

Developing dads is a missed opportunity – and a new approach – to preventing violence. The new fathering toolbox gives strategies and approaches dads can use to develop their son’s respectful behaviour.

The toolbox, plus short videos about the top five tips are at

Other toolboxes Garth has developed for White Ribbon – on having a respectful relationship and how young men can start respectful relationships, are also available at that site.



Gender and policing – concept paper

Posted 16.09.16 by

Garth recently completed a concept paper for the NZ Police’s Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme that works with the police organisations of Pacific countries.

The concept paper proposed action to ensure police staff: prioritise their investigation of domestic violence, take a victim-centred and human rights-based approach; and hold perpetrators accountable.

This is regardless of their personal views about gender, or of local traditions, religion or culture. The concept paper frames up action to be taken over the next five years to lift community trust in the police’s ability to prevent and effectively respond to domestic violence.  


New research – self defence programmes for young women

Posted 08.06.16 by

Alison and Garth recently completed a literature review on the research into the effectiveness of self defence programmes for girls as a sexual violence and family violence prevention strategy.

This reviewed international and local evaluations to identify some ways to best manage these programmes. This was for the Ministry of Social Development and  is now available on their website -