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

 


Corrections ‘Burning Off’ Family Violence NGOs

Corrections ‘Burning Off’ Family Violence NGOs

4th June 2014

The announcement that Family Violence community providers have boycotted a Corrections tender for the provision of male offenders in the community comes as no surprise, said Kim Workman, spokesperson for Rethinking Crime and Punishment. He was responding to the Dompost article ‘Plan is doomed to fail, Tolley warned’ (4 June).

“When the department’s notice of the tender went out early this year, it sent a shock wave through the family violence sector, with providers uniformly appalled at the proposal. The rationale for the programme was based on two ideas; first, that family violence is primarily caused by patriarchal ideology, and second, that family violence is a learned, functional behaviour which can be altered by a focus on psychological factors such as attitudes, beliefs, and emotional and behavioural self-control. It also took a risk based approach, which over the last 15 years, has embedded itself in the department’s DNA. The model fails to fully address the emerging research on offender desistance, nor has there been adequate attention paid to the over-representation of Māori in family violence statistics.

There is a growing concern that Corrections in seeking to introduce a medical therapeutic model which depends on delivery from trained clinicians, will ‘burn off’ the experience, good will and commitment of not for profit organisations. This has already happened with the ‘Out of Gate’ prisoner reintegration services, with contracts going to private corporates and groups like Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation going to the wall. With that goes decades of community engagement, grass roots experience, intricate networking, and collaborative problem solving. In the absence of the social capital that NGO’s bring to the mix, the programmes will not succeed. Private corporates will only deliver what they are funded to deliver – NGO’s have always understood that the funding they get from government is a ‘contribution ‘not the complete package.

What is probably needed at this time, is for Corrections to take a leaf out of the Ministry of Social Development’s book, and commit to the ongoing development of NGO provider capability – If they do that they will retain the loyalty and commitment of providers, who bring a lot more to the mix than a report card which says “output achieved”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news