24 hour crisis line needed this Christmas
Women’s Affairs Spokesperson
24 hour crisis line needed this
Auckland’s 24 hour sexual violence crisis
line, HELP, must be available over Christmas says Labour’s
Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney.
pushing for urgent action to keep the helpline going, after
a petition signed by 12,000 people was tabled in Parliament
yesterday calling on the Prime Minister to keep the crisis
service from closing down.
“Sadly, the ‘festive’
season often sees a spike in physical abuse, meaning
services like the HELP crisis line are in even higher
demand,” Sue Moroney said.
“There have been promises
made by the Government throughout the year to resolve the
service’s funding constraints. Those promises have not
been kept and the issue must be brought to a head.
“Labour wants the Select Committee to report back
before Parliament finishes for the year with a report
calling for the Minister to act.
“The service needs just
$116,000 to stay afloat. That’s a small amount of money to
deal with a huge amount of harm,” says Sue
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