A major five-year study* by Massey University has proven that Gandhi Nivas’ interventionist model works.
The Massey University research team, led by Professor Mandy Morgan and Dr Leigh Coombes, assessed the efficacy of the Gandhi Nivas programme for men who use violence who are referred to the service with a Police Safety Order. Researchers focused on the Ōtāhuhu home for a five-year period (January 1 2015 – December 31 2019).
The results of the study, which were presented at Parliament in July 2020, found that by working directly with perpetrators of family violence, Gandhi Nivas was able to prevent almost 60% of the men who have taken part in the programme from reoffending.
Caption from left: Professor Paul Spoonley, Theresa Gattung, Ranjna Patel and Dr Mandy Morgan
*Gandhi Nivas 2014-2019: A statistical description of client demographics and involvement in Police-recorded family violence occurrences. Massey University