Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Burn-Out and Soaring Workloads

NATIONAL COLLECTIVE of
INDEPENDENT WOMEN’S REFUGES INC.

MEDIA RELEASE – 13 DECEMBER 2007

Burn-Out and Soaring Workloads


Women’s Refuges are heading into the holiday season with staff reporting near burn-out and major increases in their workloads.

The latest statistics from Refuges represented by the National Collective of Independent Refuges (NCIWR) show a continued demand much greater than the funding provided to meet it.

The quarterly report (1 July-30 September) shows more than 14-thousand crisis calls were taken in just three months (the previous quarter also recorded around 14-thousand calls). Refuge is funded to take just 20-thousand calls for the entire year under its contract with Child Youth and Family.

In the same three months, the crisis accommodation provided was over half the amount contracted for with CYF for the entire year.

Women’s Refuge Chief Executive, Heather Henare, says the sheer volume of the work is leaving many staff and volunteers exhausted, and the final quarter of the year is expected to be even busier.

“The feedback from some of the Refuges really gives an indication of the huge workload they’re struggling with trying to help women and children.”

“I’ve had staff in Refuges talking about how they are close to burn out, with some trying to cope with double the workload they had a year ago.”

“In the last three months of last year more than ten thousand women and children were referred to our services, so I can only imagine that will grow again.”

“Clearly more people are starting to do something about domestic violence, and the police are also reporting their own work has increased as a result of the It’s Not OK campaign.”

Ms Henare says Women’s Refuge has put in a significant claim to the Ministry of Social Development to help cope with the work levels being faced.

The claim has been made under the five-million dollar Campaign Response Fund, with applications being considered this week.

“Our funding has consistently been way behind the ball in terms of actual demand for our services, so we hope at least this process brings some degree of respite for Refuges.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election