Nga Tūmanakotanga – Turning the Tide on Prison Violence
Welcome to our initial release of the Nga Tūmanakotanga – Turning the Tide on Prison Violence project website.
The research aims to address the following questions:
The RePAIR project began in 2019 and involves an international team of researchers led by Dr Armon Tamatea from the School of Psychology.
The research has two phases:
● Understanding the drivers for violence and aggression in our prisons
● Intervening in violence-prone sites
Understanding the drivers for violence and aggression in our prisons
Drawing on indigenous knowledge, gang culture, and clinical psychology, this phase expands beyond the conventional individual-focused ‘assessment-intervention-prevention’ approach to research in this field, towards a holistic and ecological way of thinking that recognises individual, organisational, cultural factors, as well as the role of the physical environment itself in the facilitation and prohibition of aggression.
Intervening on violence
The outcomes of the research will inform approaches and technical resources that can be used by relevant organisations such as the Department of Corrections and Police. Deliverables will include:
These will (1) reduce violence, (2) increase safety, and (3) reduce costs incurred by prisons (and the public) as a consequence of interpersonal aggression.