Supporting women who have experienced violence and abuse in NZ to have their say.
There are tens of thousands of Violence Against Women survivors in New Zealand. If we were all in one place at the same time our voices would be deafening. But because these forms of violence and abuse serve to silence their victims, and because survivors are not connected in any way, we are largely invisible and our voices are not heard.
We believe that the system and those that work within it should consult the women who use those services and find out how they can respond to keep women safe and help them rebuild their lives. We are building the technical platform to undertake this task. This is a unique approach that we think can make all the difference.
More about us
The Backbone Collective is a Violence Against Women initiative established in 2017. We are a national collective for women who have experienced violence and abuse. Our aim is to gather women’s voices en mass about what is and isn’t working in the system that responds to them, and share those voices in a generalised and anonymous way to try and create the system change that is so desperately required.
We are a Charitable Trust currently staffed by volunteers.
Use of funds
The funds we raise will be used to support the operation of The Backbone Collective. We are currently run by volunteers. Funds will help us recruit more women members, run more surveys, complete reports of the survey findings, prepare reports about how the system is doing, create resources for women to help them get through the system better, undertake media work and help build a complaints guide. We need to buy office supplies, wifi, dropbox, insurance, printing and promotional material.
The first nine months have been challenging, inspiring, and really hard work. Twelve months ago we were planning Backbone and wondering if women would join, would find this helpful, would people support our work etc. We have found that the sense of community of solidarity, of shared pain and shared struggles has been awe inspiring - we have started a movement.. We are committed to continuing to do this work. We hope that in 2018 we can grow the membership and supporter base even bigger and that we can get those in a position of authority to see how desperately things need to change.
Here is our activity over the last 12 months (Whew - when you see it all written down...)
Establishing a Board
Becoming a Charitable Trust
Making a Web site and Facebook page
Initial survey to women about Backbone concept
Creating our founding principles/processes,
Getting a Backbone logo
Creating registration survey for members and supporters
Communications with agencies and Government
Initial startup survey
Family Court survey
Complaints survey (smaller group)
Impact on Children survey
Family Court Watchdog – All Eyes on the Family Court
Complaints and Appeals Landscape 'Don’t Tell Your Problems'
Family Court Survey Report - Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire
Impact on Children Report – Seen and Not Heard Part One – Force
RNZ – Wallace Chapman and news reports
Newshub Am show
Women’s Weekly – postcard project
Followers from 0 - over 2000
supporters from 0 - 200
Regular FB posts – articles, news items , commentary etc
Meme project – Women’s Voices matter
Meme project – Children’s Voices matter
Postcard project with LW Photography– 7000 postcards sent out and sent to those in authority calling for Royal Commission
Supporting Community in Action Group with petition
Submission on Family and Whanau Violence Bill
Lobbying Justice Select Committee to hold select Committee
Meeting with Jan Logie x 2
Meeting with Jacinda Adrern x 1
UN approach – letters to PM and ministers raising the seriousness of the issue
Letters to new PM and MPS
Protest outside Auckland Family Court in September
Meeting with Psych Board - more on that in 2018
Briefing report to incoming Govt
Communications with members
Membership from 0 to 1141
Hundreds of emails and messages with members
Connecting women into local groups
Sharing information and resources with members
Backbone posters created, printed and shared
19 Newsletters sent to members collectively