Aviva supports people of any age, gender, sexuality or experience of violence to not only become safe, but begin a journey toward a fulfilling, violence-free life.
In response to a surge in police call outs to Pacifika families during Covid lockdowns, Aviva developed Seuga – a Pasifika Men’s Family Violence Programme aimed at restoring the wellbeing of Pasifika men aged 18 or over who have used or experienced violence, or have other issues linked to violence.
Seuga is a 10-week education programme aiming to improve the resilience and wellbeing of Pasifika men (and their families) by addressing the underlying issues of family violence, addiction and anger. It is delivered in English and Samoan and provides holistic support for participants based on the Fonofale model. As well as benefiting participants, positive outcomes from Seuga have been shown to impact participants families and wider relationships.
The Sutherland Self Help Trust was delighted to provided funding to enable Aviva to run Seuga from June 2021 to June 2022.
Quotes from Seuga attendees include:
‘Got much more than I expected. Aviva and Seuga have helped me how to control my anger, how to support my family the healthy way, and for me to build a strong personality and understand what this means for my wellbeing.’
‘Aviva have done a hard job laying down a path for myself and others to walk through. The knowledge and wisdom shared in the Seuga programme have helped me to understand my accountability to life, the important of family, and guide me spiritually so I can be strong mentally, emotionally and physically.’
‘The men’s programme has definitely met my needs and expectations a 100%. Unhealthy & Healthy Relationship Education has completely changed the way I see my family now. The Education on Alcohol opened my eyes to the impact of my drinking on myself and mostly upon my family. I gave up alcohol immediately. Aviva service helped me brought my family back together.’
‘Seuga allowed me to understand myself in different environment and where my anger comes from. It helped me to see that all cultures are different and it’s OK. It also helped me to know that sometimes anger is OK and I can turn it into something positive. Now I’m practicing these learning in my everyday living, and society needs more programmes like this as there are so many of us out there that needed it before it’s too late.’