Parliament

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

 

Family violence expert report reinforces Govt’s programme


Hon Amy Adams

Minister of Justice

Hon Anne Tolley

Minister of Social Development

25 February 2016
Embargoed until 4.30am, 25 Feb

Family violence expert report reinforces Govt’s work programme

An independent committee’s latest report on reducing family violence has highlighted that Government efforts are on the right track, say Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

The Family Violence Death Review Committee, which conducts independent reviews on family violence related deaths, has today released its fifth report. The report’s recommendations largely endorse the work of the Ministerial Group on Family and Sexual Violence.

The report acknowledges that many of the problems are being addressed by the ambitious work programme of the Ministerial Group, which is developing a whole of government strategy to prevent and reduce family violence.

“Tackling and reducing family violence is a key priority for the Government, but we don’t have all the answers,” the Ministers say.

“Insights provided by the committee play a vital role in helping reduce the devastating impact on victims across New Zealand, and we warmly welcome their expertise.”

The report states there needs to be more focus on changing the behaviour of perpetrators, better information sharing between agencies, and more cohesive and integrated approaches from Government.

Ms Adams reiterated the Government’s ongoing commitment to transforming the way New Zealand thinks about and deals with family violence.

“We need to change the way we deal with family violence. This also means being prepared to try new approaches,” says Ms Adams.

“The report identifies that our family violence system is one formed from default rather design and highlights the opportunity that transformational change presents.

“The committee’s report reflects that while we do face considerable challenges, the Government has charted the right course.”

Mrs Tolley said the report strengthens the case for an integrated approach across Government.

“No one single action is going to solve this. It requires wholesale change over a number of years and we are determined to reduce and prevent family violence,” says Mrs Tolley.

“We’ve been taking a close look at the $1.4 billion the Government spends each year on family violence and found that we need to improve, and that while good work was being done there is fragmentation and duplication of some services.”

The Ministerial Group whole-of-government work programme aims to stop family violence from occurring in the first place, reducing the harm it causes, and breaking the cycle of re-victimisation and re-offending.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Political Donations Scandals


Even paranoids have real enemies. While there has been something delusionary about the way New Zealand First has been living in denial about its donations scandal, one can sympathise with its indignation about Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges being among its chief accusers. Given that the National Party is enmeshed in a donation scandal of its own that shares the same core features, it is a bit like Al Capone being accused of wrongdoing by Bonnie and Clyde. Unfortunately, the entire country seems to be living in denial about the existence of these sort of shenanigans... More>>

First Published on Werewolf here


 

UN Expert: NZ Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response

This is a press statement from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing at the end of her 10-day visit to New Zealand. The Government of New Zealand has recognized that the country is facing a housing crisis, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur ... More>>

ALSO:

Water Woes: Wellington Reflects National Problem

Water utilities right across the country face major challenges to upgrade and maintain their underground three waters network. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says Wellington’s waste water woes are not unique to the capital city... More>>

ALSO:

2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels