June 20, 2022
Action needed if abuse reported
The Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence says people don’t feel confident to report abuse if there is no guarantee they will get help.
Marama Davidson says that’s a message she took out of the testimony of survivors of foster care at last week’s hearing of the Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care.
“People need to be believed and then supported and connected to the right path, that there are agencies, crown agencies, for many, many generations and decades now who have not been accountable to the harms they have caused,” she says.
Ms Davidson says people need to know they will get help as long as they need it, which is what she hopes to achieve with Te Aorerekura – the National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence.