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When Pacific peoples are victims, perpetrators or witness family violence it is important they receive the best advice and support. Part of that is about growing the family violence knowledge and skills of those working in the community in a professional capacity or on a voluntary basis to provide services to Pacific peoples.
The Pacific Family Violence Prevention Training Programme (PFVPTP) is part of the Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu framework. Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu sets out the key cultural concepts and principles that promote family wellbeing for each of the eight ethnic specific Pacific communities living in Aotearoa NZ: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.
The PFVPTP is intended to build the capability of providers and practitioners by providing culturally appropriate responses to Pacific individuals and families affected by family violence. However there is a low number of practitioners in New Zealand therefore the PFVPTP allows for people of influence in the Pacific communities to be part of the training.
Pacific Competency (Addressing Family Violence through Pasefika Cultural Frameworks)
The Nga Vaka Conceptual Frameworks inform eight ethnic specific programmes. The programmes provide participants with an in-depth insight into cultural approaches to achieving family wellbeing, especially when dealing with family violence.
This cultural training has been developed to target qualified Pacific practitioners such as social workers, counsellors (etc), and non-pacific people, either working specifically with Pacific families in the area of family violence or who are working with Pacific families and deal with family violence incidences or support as part of their wider work.
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