The Wellbeing Budget

Improving child wellbeing

Initiatives: Addressing family and sexual violence

A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent and Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence

Non-spending initiative
This initiative will help achieve reductions in child poverty by encouraging a greater focus on child poverty reduction, facilitating political accountability against published targets, requiring transparent reporting on child poverty levels (including as part of Budget reporting under the Public Finance Act), and creating a greater commitment by Government to address child wellbeing.

Increasing investment in prevention

Early Years Violence Prevention Sites

$15 million operating
These sites will trial ways to better understand and implement changes that will meaningfully prevent and reduce the impact of family violence and sexual violence on children in the early years.

Family Violence Prevention

$30.8 million operating
This contingency has been set aside to reduce family violence in communities, including: in Māori communities by increasing investment in E Tū Whanau; in Pacific communities by increasing investment in Pasefika Proud; and expanding the services and coverage of the Campaign for Action on Family Violence.

Violence Prevention Needs of Diverse Communities

$2 million operating
This initiative will enable the development and understanding of violence prevention needs in diverse communities including LGBTQI+, elderly, youth, disability and new migrants to develop future violence prevention programmes.

Safe, consistent and effective responses to family violence in every community

Ensuring Safe, Consistent and Effective Responses to Family Violence in Every Community

$41.8 million operating
$4 million capital

This initiative aims to provide people affected by family violence with safe and consistent responses, where and when they need them. This will be achieved through building the foundations for an effective response in every part of New Zealand, providing more specialist family violence services, maintaining funding for two Integrated Safety Response sites, and extending trials for proximity alarms to help keep victims and whānau safe.

Family Violence Capability and Regional Support

$26.6 million operating
This initiative will enhance regional capability across the country to respond to family violence by: providing practice leaders to build practice standards and support professional development and training; and providing additional specialist frontline services.

Family Violence Services: Continuing Funding for the Family Violence Response Coordination Fund for One Year

$2.8 million operating
This continues the Family Violence Response Coordination fund while work begins to establish regional support that has a more dedicated focus on building service provider workforce capability and, in time, on coordinating regional service responses.

Victim Video Statements

$5.9 million operating
$0.5 million capital

This initiative allows victims of family violence incidents to give statements in a less intrusive and time-consuming manner in their own words. This will be achieved by enabling Police responding to an incident to record an audiovisual statement from a victim at the scene.

Violence Intervention Programme: Health Sector Screening for Early Intervention and Prevention of Family Violence

$2.7 million operating
This initiative supports safe, consistent and effective responses to family violence in every community by continuing training for health practitioners in District Health Boards.

Expanding essential specialist sexual violence services

Sexual Violence Services: Crisis Support Services for Children and Young People

$24.9 million operating
This initiative aims to increase child wellbeing by providing funding for age-appropriate sexual harm crisis support services for children and young people.

Sexual Violence Services: Developing Kaupapa Māori Services for Victims/Survivors, Perpetrators and Their Whānau

$7 million operating
This initiative aims to reduce the severity and duration of trauma-related symptoms experienced by Māori victims/ survivors and perpetrators of sexual violence and their whānau. This will be done through providing funding to enable the development and co-design of holistic, whānau-centred kaupapa Māori specialist sexual violence services.

Sexual Violence Services: Improving the Wellbeing of Male Victims/Survivors Through Peer Support Services

$12 million operating
This initiative aims to reduce the severity and duration of trauma-related symptoms experienced by male victims/survivors of sexual violence.

Sexual Violence Services: Increased Services for Children and Young People with Concerning/Harmful Sexual Behaviours

$15.9 million operating
This initiative provides funding for increased service capacity to meet demand for prevention, education, early intervention, assessment and treatment services for children and young people who display concerning and harmful sexual behaviours.

Sexual Violence Services: Increasing Access to Crisis Support Services for Victims/Survivors

$50.6 million operating
This initiative aims to reduce the severity and duration of trauma-related symptoms experienced by victims/survivors of sexual violence. This will be done by providing more sustainable funding for crisis support services including ensuring they are available 24/7 at a level that meets current demand.

Sexual Violence Services: Support for Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence Going Through the Criminal Justice System

$6.3 million operating
This initiative aims to reduce secondary victimisation of victims/survivors of sexual violence going through the criminal justice system. It is also expected to increase convictions rates for perpetrators by reducing the current attrition rate of sexual violence cases. This will be done by funding specialist services to provide counselling, social work support and help preparing for the court process.

Sexual Violence Services: Support Services for Adults Experiencing Concerning Sexual Ideation

$2.8 million operating
This initiative aims to increase the mental wellbeing of adults who exhibit concerning sexual ideation by providing access to support that reduces the chance of them engaging in harmful behaviours. It is expected to decrease sexual offending in the long term.

Sexual Violence Services: Support Services for Non-Mandated Adults with Harmful Sexual Behaviours

$11.8 million operating
This initiative aims to reduce re-offending by adults with harmful sexual behaviours who are not engaged in the justice system (non-mandated adults). Funding will be provided to continue current treatments and support services and increase the number of places available.

Improving the justice response to sexual violence victims

Improving the Justice Response to Sexual Violence Victims

$32.7 million operating
$5 million capital

This initiative will reduce the risk of sexual violence victims experiencing further trauma when participating in the criminal justice process by enabling complainants to give evidence in alternative ways (including by pre‑recorded video).

Joint Venture Business Unit

Supporting the Leadership, Governance and Accountability of the Family Violence and Sexual Violence Joint Venture

$20 million operating
This initiative aims to support the leadership and governance of the joint venture by providing a focal point for cross-agency projects and coordinating action across joint venture agencies. This will be achieved by funding the staff and infrastructure of the business unit.

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