The Forgotten Victims – the Effects of Imprisonment on Families/Whānau. Dr Venezia Kingi. Structure of today’s presentation. Introduction Maintenance of family ties Effects of imprisonment on family/whānau Prisoners’ children New Zealand research Conclusion. Introduction.
Dr Venezia Kingi
(Barr et al, 2005; Deane, 1988; Hairston, 1991; Holt & Miller, 1972; Kingi 1999; Mills & Codd, 2007.)
(Mills and Codd, 2007)
2003 New Zealand Prison Census (Dept of Corrections, 2003)
Kingi’s (1999) findings similar, families said:
(The children) have lots of different medical problems ... eczema, asthma, they’ve all got asthma except for (six year old) ... all typical signs not only tied in with the separation from their mum but also the fact that their mum was abused by her partner and also they were abused (by him) as well.
We manage ... it’s difficult but we get along. We struggle now and then, but at least we’ve got food in our cupboards to feed ... the kids.
(Prisoner) used to ask me for money and I can’t afford to give her any money and I feel so terrible - you know?
I really wish that I could take the (children) to see her but I haven’t got that money and I haven’t got anyone to stay with down there, I can’t afford a hotel or anything like that ... The whole family probably would’ve loved to go down.
You know unless you actually know what to ask for you don’t find out. Nobody’s there volunteering the information ... it’s terrible.