Community mobilisation

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Community mobilisation

Community mobilisation is an approach to preventing violence which enables and builds local community ownership. Principles of community mobilisation include social change, whole community engagement, collaboration, community leadership and a vision for a better world. Community mobilisation is an emerging approach to addressing family violence, however there are international examples that show a reduction in violence in relatively short periods of time.

Aotearoa New Zealand

He Ara Mataora: Tools to stop violence (website)
A website for people who want to stop violence that they are seeing or experiencing, but who don’t want to rely on the police and courts, social workers or agencies to help. It uses a community-based approach to stop violence.

Hann, S., & Trewartha, C. (2015)
Creating change: Mobilising New Zealand communities to prevent family violence
NZFVC: Issues Paper 8.
Auckland: New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland.

Social Action Team, Ministry of Social Development
Social change toolkit
Provides resources, tools, tips and guidance to support community based social change projects.

It's Not OK Campaign (website)
including It's not OK Campaign Community Evaluation Project (2105)

E Tu Whānau (website)

Pasefika Proud (website)


Michau, L. (2015)
Mobilising communities to prevent intimate partner violence
Video talk from a 2015 symposium in Auckland, on YouTube.

Michau, L. (2012)
Community mobilization: Preventing partner violence by changing social norms
Geneva: UN Women in cooperation with ESCAP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO.

SASA! (website)
SASA! is a community mobilisation initiative working to prevent violence against women and HIV in Uganda. SASA! is one of the few community mobilisation initiatives worldwide that has done comprehensive research and evaluation. This found that the initiative significantly reduced rates of intimate partner violence and lead to a wide range of positive changes in people's relationships and the community. SASA! is an acronym for the four phases of action (Start, Awareness, Support and Action) and also means "now" in Kiswahili.

Creative Interventions (2012)
Creative Interventions Toolkit: An Invitation and Practical Guide for Everyone to Stop Violence
Promotes an approach called community-based interventions to violence or what some call community accountability or transformative justice as a way to break isolation and to create solutions to violence from those who are most affected by violence – survivors and victims of violence, friends, family and community.

Kim, M., & Asian & Pacific Islander Institute of Domestic Violence (2005)
The community engagement continuum: Outreach, mobilization, organizing and accountability to address violence against women in Asian and Pacific Islander communities
San Francisco, CA: Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence.


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