May 06, 2021
Community push to tackle whanau and sexual violence
The Minister for Family and Sexual Violence, Marama Davidson, says wahine Māori are still disproportionately represented in the statistics, with more than 1 in 3 being survivors of family and/or sexual violence.
At a hui at Ngā Whare Waatea in South Auckland today, Ms Davidson launched an engagement process that will lead to a new national strategy and action plan.
She says the process needed to be a safe and trusted space for all voices of the community, particularly those with lived experience, and there will be safe, secure and confidential ways for people to make submissions.
Ms Davidson says violence can happen across all communities.
She’s looking for steps that will make the most difference – including bolstering prevention activities to stop violence happening in the first place and wrap around services for those using violence to stop.
The engagement starting next week and running until the end of June includes closed invitation community-led hui, an anonymous online survey, and email and free-post submissions in writing, by voice or video.
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