Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Violence Prevention: Govt Lack Of Action Louder Than Words

15 October 2012

Government’s Lack Of Violence Prevention Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The National Government are not putting their money where their mouth is to support victims of sexual assault and rape, the Green Party said today.

“In the same week that the Government announced their intention to increase awareness of child abuse and put more services into the community sector, Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation found out they will have a shortfall of $200,000 per year and may have to close the only 24 hour sexual abuse phone line in Auckland,” Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie said today.

“This time last year the HELP line faced the same stress when it was left without sufficient funding and a potential reduction of service.

“Last year the Government committed to help establish a sustainable funding model for the service but it’s taken less than a year for them to renege on that commitment.

“Sexual violence reporting rates are increasing and the Government needs to reflect this increasing demand by committing the required funds to keep the HELP line running.

“In 2009, the Taskforce for Action for Sexual Abuse identified the urgent need to increase funding to support services. This has not happened and now even the current meagre resources are being reduced.

“This comes on the heels of the Government’s initial granting of a visa for convicted and unrepentant rapist Mike Tyson. Although revoked, this was another demonstration of a lack of real tangible commitment by this Government to support victims of sexual assault and rape.

“This Government’s lack of action on reducing violence speaks louder than their words.

“The Government needs to make a true commitment to working long term with the HELP line so that they can get on with providing the help that victims of sexual violence need.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news