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

 

Funding gaps for sexual violence victims hurt human rights

Funding gaps for sexual violence victims a blemish on human rights

Funding gaps and barriers to specialist services means some victims of sexual violence may never recover from the trauma they experience, according to a submission released by the Human Rights Commission today.

The Commission told the Social Services Select Committee it welcomes an Inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence social services in New Zealand.

Between 92-95 per cent of sexual violence victims are women and those most at risk are Māori women, young women, women who have been victimised before, and people with disabilities. “This is a sad blemish on New Zealand’s human rights record”, Human Rights Commissioner for Women Dr Jackie Blue said.

In its submission, the Commission highlighted the needs of disabled people who globally are up to three times more likely to be victims of physical and sexual abuse and rape, and have less access to physical and psychological and judicial interventions.

The Commission recommended that specialist sexual violence services need to be fully accessible to disabled people and include funding of workforce development. This includes making New Zealand Sign Language interpreters consistently available to those who need them.

Victims of sexual violence are able to access a variety of assistance through ACC but to receive counseling they need to be diagnosed with a mental injury which could impact on future insurance cover.. “We believe that sexual violence should be understood as an injury in and of itself, and that warrants support including counselling,” said Dr Jackie Blue.

The Commission’s submission was informed by stories shared with the Commission over the past two years and can be found at www.hrc.co.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>

 

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election