May 19, 2019
Budget boost to tackle family violence
Dedicated funding for a kaupapa Māori response to sexual violence will be included in a $320 million budget package for family and sexual violence and support services.
Announcing the programe in South Auckland yesterday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Parliamentary Under-Secretary Jan Logie said breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence and better supporting survivors is a major feature of the Wellbeing Budget.
It’s the first ever joint Budget bid from multiple government departments, sitting across eight portfolios.
As well as more support services, the four year funding will cover major campaigns aimed at stopping violence occurring and major changes to court process to reduce the trauma victims experience.
Ms Ardern says every year about one million New Zealanders are affected by family and sexual violence, including almost 300,000 children.
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