Community News: Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence Survey

Community News: Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence Survey

September 24, 2015

Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence is dedicated to building Rainbow communities in Aotearoa New Zealand free of partner and sexual violence. As part of their work they have commissioned the Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura - Outing Violence: Community Survey.

Why this survey?

Because of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, Rainbow relationships and experiences of partner violence and sexual violence can be marginalised and not seen as important. It can be hard to name the kinds of ways abusive behavior happens in our relationships.

There is very little information in Aotearoa New Zealand about how intimate partner and sexual violence may be affecting people in the Rainbow community, and most specialist services have not been designed with Rainbow people or our relationships in mind.

This survey asks Rainbow community people about their experiences in relationships. You do not need to have experienced intimate partner or sexual violence to take part. Please help us get a clearer picture of Rainbow people’s relationships so we can plan better services for our Rainbow communities.

Who can answer?

The survey is open to ANYONE over the age of 16 who lives in Aotearoa New Zealand and identifies as part of the Rainbow community. This includes akava’ine, asexual, bisexual, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, FtM, gay, gender fluid, gender-neutral, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, gender variant, hinehi, hinehua, intersex, lesbian, mahu, MtF, non-binary, palopa, pansexual, polysexual, queer, questioning, rae rae, tangata ira tane, Takatāpui, tongzhu, trans man, trans woman, transfeminine, transgender, transmasculine, transsexual, vaka sa lewa lewa or whakawahine and more!

What questions will be asked?

The survey will ask some general information about your age, identity, ethnicity and disability status.

Then they will ask you about:

  • Experiences in your intimate relationships
  • If you have had any unwanted sexual experiences
  • What the effects of any abuse have been AND
  • If you asked for help from anyone or any agency, and what that experience was like

These are not easy things to think about, if they have happened to you or other people in your life. But if we are going to develop better responses to Rainbow people experiencing intimate partner and sexual violence, we need this information.

We have information about agencies that can help here.

How long will it take?

The survey will take between 10 and 20 minutes. Most answers are clicks. In some areas, there is the option to write extra information if you wish.

What will happen to my answers?

Your name is not asked anywhere in the survey. No one will know you have taken part. The answers you give will be added to other people’s answers to create group statistics in the software package Survey Monkey.

What will the information be used for?

The results will be released in a report to help inform better resources and services in Aotearoa New Zealand for Rainbow people who have experienced intimate partner or sexual violence. Without this information, we have a big gap in knowledge, and it’s hard to develop the best kinds of resources and services. 

Who is carrying it out?

The researcher is Sandra Dickson, a feminist who has been working to end intimate partner violence and sexual violence for more than two decades. This includes national roles for both Women’s Refuge and Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together. Sandra is a Pākehā cist woman who identifies as bisexual and queer. You can contact Sandra with any queries at www.kahukura.co.nz.

The research has been developed with the help of an Advisory Group of people from the rainbow community. You can read more about our Advisory Group here. Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence is funded by It’s Not OK. The fundholder for this work is Ara Taiohi, a peak body for the youth sector and administrator of the Queer/Trans* Grants.

If you live in Aotearoa New Zealand, are aged over 16, from the Rainbow community, and happy to take the survey, please start the survey here.

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