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Domestic violence report shows Government is on wrong track

26 June 2014

Domestic violence report shows Government is on the wrong track

The latest report from the Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) shows the Government is on the wrong track when it comes to domestic violence, said the Green Party today.

The report, released today, shows that domestic violence and child abuse are the major causes of murder in New Zealand.

“The Government’s refusal to acknowledge the connection between domestic violence and child abuse is putting more children at risk,” Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie said today.

“How many more women and children need to become victims before the Government realises that we need prevention and support at the top of the cliff, not just ambulances at the bottom?”

“The Green Party recently highlighted a number of women’s refuges and support services that have had to cut back because the National Government is refusing to fund them.

“Last year the Government was widely criticised for family court reforms that put cost saving ahead of safety.

“By cutting funding, the Government is putting more women and children at risk and making the problem worse.

“The Green Party sees an immediate need to implement the recommendations of the report; including providing better training to professionals such as GPs and Judges and taking a whole of government approach to reducing domestic violence.

“New Zealand has failed 37 children, in the last 3 years alone, who have died because of child abuse or neglect and another 240 who have witnessed deaths because of domestic violence. These numbers are far too high and represent a failing by the Government to take appropriate action.

“This report clearly shows the Government needs to stop cutting funding for front line services that deal with domestic violence because it is still a real issue in New Zealand.

“Women need to be provided with support so that they can leave relationships safely. Front line services cannot continue to operate on a limited budget. These organisations should not have to go cap in hand every year to sustain their vital services as their core funding declines.

“The report also calls for the development of consistent practice standards across the social sector. This is critical to ensure that both survivors and perpetrators are getting the best possible help,” said Ms Logie today.

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