Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Government axes family violence initiatives

15 December 2009
Media Statement

Government axes family violence initiatives

The Government today appeared to confirm it is axing two widely heralded family violence initiatives, which is a pretty tragic Christmas present for those working to reduce violence in our homes, says Labour Social Development spokesperson Annette King.

“Social Development Minister Paula Bennett confirmed that funding set aside last year for Independent Victim Advocates in all Family Courts has been canned.

“This is a terrible, backwards step. The Chief Family Court Judge Peter Boshier has repeatedly stressed the importance of such advocates in these courts, labelling them ‘vital ingredients’.

“The advocate positions were created in response to research identifying they would help improve the effectiveness of domestic violence protection orders. They would provide support and assistance to victims of domestic violence and help to reduce their chances of re-victimisation,” says Annette King.

“Paula Bennett also appeared to confirm that the Government is to axe funding for the hugely successful “It’s Not OK” family violence campaign.

“This too is a tragedy. Figures highlighted by the Families Commission in April this year show the campaign has been one of the most successful ever mounted in New Zealand.

“They showed that a recent survey found that 99 per cent of Maori, and 90 per cent of Pacific Peoples recalled the campaign, and the overall retention rate was 90 per cent. This was a great result.

“The research also showed there has been increased reporting of family violence as a result, which also shows the impact of the campaign, designed to tackle one of our most serious social issues,” Annette King says.

“What on Earth is this Government up to? We’re heading into Christmas, where incidents of family violence typically increase significantly and this is the Government’s response?”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme


A quick quiz for the weekend. Which political party currently represented in Parliament issued a press release yesterday that contained these stirring passages:
“[We have] long supported a free trade and free movement area between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom…on trade, immigration and investment, New Zealand must favour countries who share our values. New Zealand must do its part to reinforce freedom and democracy around the world by diversifying our markets and building stronger relationships with those who share our values... More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns: Adjournment Debate: Speaker Trevor Mallard

The 52 Parliament has sat for the last time before the September Election. It sat for 245 days... More>>

ALSO:

E-Cigarettes: Vaping Legislation Passes

Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) ... More>>

ALSO:


National: $4 Billion Investment To End Wellington’s Congestion Woes

A National Government will invest another $4 billion in transport infrastructure across Wellington, igniting the economy and delivering the congestion-busting solutions the region has long been crying out for, National Party Leader Judith Collins says. ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Virtues (and Fluffed Opportunities) Of The Operation Burnham Report

One unspoken rule of thumb in any official public inquiry is : whatever you do, don’t conclude you were made to listen to “a litany of lies” even if the evidence of a deliberate cover-up is right there under your nose. In that respect, the report ... More>>

ALSO:


Horizon Research Limited: How Judith Collins Stopped The Bleeding

Horizon Research includes questions on voting from time to time in its surveys – for both forthcoming referenda and general elections. More>>

Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms

As New Zealand gets ready to head to the ballot box this September, 1 NEWS is bringing voters comprehensive coverage and analysis of this year’s General Election. TVNZ’s coverage will draw on the depth of experience held across the 1 NEWS team, says Graeme ... More>>

Economy: 30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs

64% of New Zealanders feel the economic position of their households is the same or better than a year ago – and 30% think it is worse or much worse, while 298,000 think they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months. Households’ perceptions ... More>>

State Services Commission: Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach

Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter has today announced the findings of an investigation into a breach of privacy regarding sensitive personal information. The investigation looked into who or what caused the disclosure of the information, ... More>>

International Security: New Zealand Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The New Zealand Government has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels