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Adrienne Everest

School of Psychology
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Voices from the family violence landscape:
Gifts of experiences, understandings and insights from the
heart of the sector

Research Description
The research aims to investigate effective strategies that help to reduce domestic violence. It uses a Phenomenological Interpretative Analysis approach. There are three stages to the research. The first is to interview experienced facilitators of domestic violence intervention programmes to find out what they believe are effective strategies, based on their hundreds of hours of client contact. Stage two is to analyze governmental strategies that aim to address domestic violence and the third stage is to then take these findings back to field experts to obtain their feedback before formulating the final research conclusions. The research conclusions will then be disseminated to both field and research arenas to help inform professional practice, future developments and add to the current research literature.

Research Importance
The research is important because New Zealand still has shocking rates of domestic violence and we need to reduce these rates as the impacts of this violence is felt throughout all sectors of our society and carries a high financial, emotional and physical cost to New Zealanders.

Personal Description
I have worked in the field as a supervisor, therapist, programme developer, trainer and facilitator and have chosen to study at Massey because I did my Honours degree there and my supervisors have excellent experience that supports the project.

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Dr Leigh Coombes

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