Unique research project with migrant mothers

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Iosis

Iosis community social worker Lydia Teatao is about to start research she hopes will inspire women and children who suffer from abuse.

Mrs Teatao, who migrated to New Zealand from Kiribati in 2006, will focus her research on other migrant mothers from her home nation. Specifically she will be studying the strategies women have used to re-establish safety and confidence for themselves and their children after incidences of family violence. For that reason, participants in the collaborative inquiry will have been violence-free for two years.

“In Kiribati women are expected to be ‘disciplined’, especially if the wife has disobeyed or has gone against the man’s decision,” says Mrs Teatao.

”Because no one told us when we came to New Zealand that we could seek help through social services or the police, we just kept the ways we practised before. “

Even if women become aware of the help available here, they may be afraid of what will happen to their family if they report their partners. This is particularly difficult for migrants who are living far from the support of extended family.

Mrs Teatao hopes her findings will help reduce the amount of violence experienced by Kiribati families in New Zealand, and in Kiribati.

Want to know more about this research project? Contact Lydia Teatao.

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