May 20, 2013
New approach sought for violence prevention
Associate Social Development Minister Tariana Turia says more needs to be spent on addressing family violence, preferably through whānau ora.
Mrs Turia is attending today's E Tu Whānau conference in Rotorua for family violence workers.
She says campaigns like White Ribbon have increased reporting of violence, although its incidence has probably not increased.
But she says court-ordered family violence treatment programmes often don’t work, because the money for sessions runs out before perpetrators accept their behaviour needs to change.
"We think that there is a better approach. We think whānau ora are best situated to provide that ongoing support for families going through these issues because in the end if we don’t encourage our families to sit down, talk about these issues to know why the violence continues or why it happens in the first place, you don’t get a proper solution," Mrs Turia says.
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