Govt announces family violence services funding boost

It says our agencies have been "stretched to breaking point".
It says our agencies have been "stretched to breaking point". Photo credit: iStock

The Government has announced a massive boost for family violence services - saying it's the first in 10 years.

An additional $76.157 million will be provided over four years to help around 150 providers of family violence services nationwide.

"The nearly 30 percent increase in funding is critical to the Government's efforts to turn around New Zealand's tragic family violence record," says Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni.

"Nearly half of those receiving the increase are women's refuges who provide vital support keeping women and children safe."

Ms Sepuloni says it will allow these agencies to expand into areas where there isn't any support, and address rising demand.

Jan Logie, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice on Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues, says she welcomes the new funding.

"This funding is an important first step, supporting organisations that do vital work but have been stretched to breaking point," she says.

"As we start the broader work of challenging and responding to family and sexual violence, it's crucial that victims and their families can get the support they need now. They can't wait."

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