Turning Point : A collaborative intervention strategy to address young women’s and girls’ violent and anti-social behaviou...
Presentation outline: The police perspective The ‘why and how’ of female violent and anti-social behaviour Turning Point -...
Violent behaviour Is it the new female disease?
The Police Perspective -   What the numbers say
The Police Perspective -   What the numbers say
The Police Perspective -  What staff say: “Give me a boy to deal with any day”  “The more you put the screws on girls the ...
The young women and girls  who engage in  violent and anti-social behaviour
Why are some young females engaging in  more violent behaviour? <ul><li>‘ Sugar and spice’ socialisation </li></ul><ul><li...
How does the violent and anti-social behavior of young females differ from that of young men?
Intervention  and  prevention for young females <ul><li>Needs to be </li></ul><ul><li>Gender specific </li></ul><ul><li>Ge...
Turning Point   A violence intervention programme  for young women & girls   <ul><li>Governance Group </li></ul><ul><li>Wh...
The Turning Point Programme <ul><li>One to one coaching with a female adult mentor  </li></ul><ul><li>Education programme ...
Outcomes <ul><li>By the end of the programme </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced strain on conventional support services and family ...
Where is  Turning Point   now?
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Turning Point: A collaborative intervention strategy to address young women and girls violent and anti-social behaviour - Dr Donna Swift (Independent Researcher), Senior Sergeant Ross Lienert (NZ Police)

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Turning Point: A collaborative intervention strategy to address young women and girls violent and anti-social behaviour - Dr Donna Swift (Independent Researcher), Senior Sergeant Ross Lienert (NZ Police)

  1. 1. Turning Point : A collaborative intervention strategy to address young women’s and girls’ violent and anti-social behaviour Dr Donna Swift Social Anthropologist, Swift Solutions, Nelson NZ [email_address] Senior Sergeant Ross Lienert Tasman Police District Youth Services Coordinator [email_address] Working Together Conference, Wellington, NZ 26-28 Nov 2007
  2. 2. Presentation outline: The police perspective The ‘why and how’ of female violent and anti-social behaviour Turning Point - a collaborative intervention programme for young women and girls.
  3. 3. Violent behaviour Is it the new female disease?
  4. 4. The Police Perspective - What the numbers say
  5. 5. The Police Perspective - What the numbers say
  6. 6. The Police Perspective - What staff say: “Give me a boy to deal with any day” “The more you put the screws on girls the more defiant they become”
  7. 7. The young women and girls who engage in violent and anti-social behaviour
  8. 8. Why are some young females engaging in more violent behaviour? <ul><li>‘ Sugar and spice’ socialisation </li></ul><ul><li>Less tolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Broader definition </li></ul><ul><li>Evolution of trends </li></ul><ul><li>Normalisation of violence </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Sheroes’ </li></ul><ul><li>Cycle of violence </li></ul><ul><li>Victimisation </li></ul>
  9. 9. How does the violent and anti-social behavior of young females differ from that of young men?
  10. 10. Intervention and prevention for young females <ul><li>Needs to be </li></ul><ul><li>Gender specific </li></ul><ul><li>Gender responsive </li></ul><ul><li>Trauma informed </li></ul>
  11. 11. Turning Point A violence intervention programme for young women & girls <ul><li>Governance Group </li></ul><ul><li>Whenua Iti Trust Inc </li></ul><ul><li>Stopping Violence Services Nelson </li></ul><ul><li>Presbyterian Support Services Nelson </li></ul><ul><li>Get Safe Motueka </li></ul><ul><li>Tasman District Police </li></ul><ul><li>Programme developer & advisor to the Governance Group </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Donna Swift </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Turning Point Programme <ul><li>One to one coaching with a female adult mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Education programme for the young females </li></ul><ul><li>Education programmes for the significant adults in her life (separate male & female programmes) </li></ul><ul><li>Family counselling/support </li></ul><ul><li>Physical activity for confidence building </li></ul><ul><li>School staff education/involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Community education/awareness </li></ul>
  13. 13. Outcomes <ul><li>By the end of the programme </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced strain on conventional support services and family systems </li></ul><ul><li>Improved attitude towards school </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrated ability to commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Improved social skills and self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Extended social network </li></ul><ul><li>Two years later </li></ul><ul><li>70% in full time employment or attending school </li></ul><ul><li>Improved family relationships </li></ul>
  14. 14. Where is Turning Point now?

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