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Shine partners with Family Works to fight domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is a complex problem that requires our combined efforts and resources. Given today’s challenging economic environment, the need for creative solutions and collaborations has become even more critical.

The partnership between Shine and Family Works Northern is just such a collaboration, that has the potential to make a bigger difference in reducing domestic abuse in families.

As Shine’s Executive Director Jane Drumm says:

“Domestic abuse is a very complex issue and we recognize that there is no single answer. Together Shine with Family Works can achieve more to increase the safety of a significant proportion of families experiencing abuse.”

The two agencies offer complementary services. As Shine with Family Works, we will together provide a range of services, from crisis intervention to medium-term follow-up with families, as well as crisis advocacy, social work, counselling, and educative programmes for children, women and men.

Laurie Pedlar, General Manager of Family Works Northern, says that the partnership provides increased capacity and expertise as well as a wider geographic spread by using Family Works Northern’s network of centres throughout the upper North Island.

“This allows for a greater reach of specialist domestic abuse intervention services, supporting more families in need."

n September 2011, the Prime Minister John Key attended an event at which Shine's new partnership with Family Works was announced. Pictured at right are leaders from both agencies at this event signing the formal partnership agreement.

Using the highly credible Results Based Accountability (RBA) model of research, Shine with Family Works will closely monitor the outcomes of services, and determining what’s working to reduce domestic abuse in families.

Says Jane Drumm:

“Our objective is to achieve measurable change in the wellbeing and safety of families/whanau experiencing domestic abuse and we will be continually researching, developing and providing comprehensive information on trends and outcomes.”


The first initiative of this partnership was a successful joint funding application for a social worker to support Shine's clients, and in particular to help them transition from Shine's crisis intervention to longer term support from Family Works Northern social work team. Caroline Cottrell, formerly on the Family Works Northern social work team, was appointed to this position. A powhiri at the Shine office on 1 November, 2011 formally welcomed Caroline into this role and celebrated the beginning of the Shine with Family Works partnership.

> Information Sheet on the Shine with Family Works Partnership

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