11 Apr Graham Barnes: How he’s combatting New Zealand’s domestic violence epidemic
Episode 18: Graham Barnes
Graham Barnes is Shine’s Senior Trainer and coordinates the DVFREE workplace project. Trained as a teacher, Graham has a BSW, and has worked to stop domestic violence for 30 years. In Aotearoa/NZ, he set up the first men’s stopping violence programmes, then worked on a national inter-agency pilot in Hamilton, based on the world-leading Duluth model. Moving to Minnesota in 2001, he worked in Duluth, then in Auckland with Shine, developing a workplace domestic violence project. In May 2016 he returned from 13 years of national technical assistance work for the Battered Women’s Justice Project in US.
Shine was founded in 1990, and since then it has grown to become the largest domestic abuse prevention service that is registered as a charitable trust in New Zealand.
Shine is an acronym that stands for Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday.“The name of the organisation is hopeful, optimistic and positive, reflecting its values, objectives and services. It conveys the attitude of the people who work in the organisation and what it achieved. These are tough times and family violence is a grim issue – on both counts, the country needs to feel that a light is shining on a terrible problem and that some brightness is coming.”