Sexual violence sector deserves leadership
Hon Paula Bennett
for Social Development
Minister of Housing
22 February 2013 Media Statement
sector deserves leadership
Development Minister Paula Bennett has taken Ministerial
leadership of the sexual violence sector which currently
sits across several portfolios.
It’s an important
step reflecting the importance of the work sexual violence
service providers do and the difficulties they face.
“The sector has struggled and I think a big part of
the problem is that they don’t have a single Minister to
look to for leadership, so I’m prepared to take on that
responsibility,” says Mrs Bennett
perform miracles overnight and I know the sector understand
that, but I am prepared to fight for what’s right.”
Currently organisations providing services to victims of
sexual abuse have contracts with Justice, Health, Police,
ACC, Social Development.
“It needs one Minister to
pull all of this together for the sector.”
“We’re still operating under tight fiscal
conditions, but I am keen to look at ways to help the sector
meet the needs of sexual abuse victims.”
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For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
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