30% increase in funding for family violence services

One pre-budget announcement, a 30% increase in funding for family violence services, is long overdue.In dollar terms it isn’t a lot, but it is critical that much more is done to reduce both family violence and the effects of family violence.

I think it is one thing that was genuinely neglected by the National led government.

Significant funding boost for family violence services

Social services dealing most directly with the harm caused by family violence will get much needed support as the Government boosts funding to front line agencies for the first time in ten years.

“Nearly half of those receiving the increase are women’s refuges who provide vital support keeping women and children safe,” said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni.

“The 30 percent increase in funding is critical to the Government’s efforts to begin to turn around New Zealand’s tragic family violence record.

“Additional funding in 2019/20 will enable these critical front line agencies to expand into areas where there isn’t currently any support or start addressing over demand in existing services.

“Family violence has a damaging, yet often hidden, impact on victims’ lives including their ability to work and lead a normal life,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

Through Budget 2018, the Government is allocating an additional $76.157 million over four years to support the delivery of Ministry of Social Development-funded family violence services for victims, perpetrators and their families.

Carmel Sepuloni said, “This funding will provide a boost to around 150 providers of family violence services nationwide.”

This has benefits across portfolios.

 Jan Logie, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice on Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues, also welcomed the new funding.

“This funding is an important first step, supporting organisations which do vital work but have been stretched to breaking point,” Jan Logie said.

“As we get started on the broader work of challenging and responding to family and sexual violence, it’s crucial that victims and their families are able to get the support they need now. Because they can’t wait.”

Minister for Children Tracey Martin said Budget 2018 funding would have an impact right across New Zealand.

“The announcement delivers on the Coalition Agreement between Labour and New Zealand First to increase funding in this area,” Tracey Martin said.

Family violence feeds general societal violence, so it is critical it is reduced and dealt with more effectively.

I don’t care whether this funding was promised during the campaign, negotiated when the Government was put together, or has come later. Better funding to address awful amounts of family violence is something that had to happen.

4 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 9, 2018

    I don’t believe that it was neglected, It is inevitably something that too often only happens after the event, and good luck to anyone changing that. The It’s Not OK campaign was begun under National, I think.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  May 10, 2018

      The “It’s Not OK” national campaign was launched in 2007 under the Labour government

      • PartisanZ

         /  May 10, 2018

        I wonder if there’s any measure of its success available?

        Or any way of actually measuring its success?

        Higher reporting could be one?

        Paradoxically, this might make the situation look worse … at least for some initial period?

  2. PartisanZ

     /  May 9, 2018

    We’d do well to remember that a significant part of this is simply Labour-led restoring what National-led took away, no doubt in a fit of ‘Social Investment Approach’ …

    “Since the National-led Government cut $800,000 in funding for Women’s Refuge and associated schemes in the 2011 Budget, such services have been under severe financial strain.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/opinion/8905733/Funding-for-refuge-insufficient

    So Labour-led, as it turns out, are the ones making the ‘Social Investment’ …

    The danger of NeoSpeak … Language can backfire on you too …