The Wellbeing Budget

Improving child wellbeing

The wellbeing approach in action – Domestic violence

The wellbeing approach in action – Domestic violence

Addressing domestic violence requires working in new and different ways across government, with all communities. Through the new Wellbeing Budget process, 10 government agencies have taken shared responsibility for this issue through a joint venture, and developed a single, whole-of-government package of initiatives to address New Zealand's long-term record on family and sexual violence.

"The family and sexual violence package in this Budget illustrates how the new wellbeing approach has driven a cross-government strategy to tackle this issue", Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

"The evidence at the very start of the Wellbeing Budget process in September last year showed how domestic violence affected lives of the hundreds of thousands of children and families every year. That's why we specifically highlighted family violence in the child wellbeing priority, giving responsibility to all Ministers and all departments to work together to tackle this long-term issue."

Justice Under-Secretary (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues) Jan Logie worked to develop the package with Ministers Andrew Little (Justice), Carmel Sepuloni (Social Development), Tracey Martin (Children), Nanaia Mahuta (Māori Development), Chris Hipkins (Education), Stuart Nash (Police), Kelvin Davis (Corrections), Iain Lees-Galloway (Workplace Relations, ACC), and Jenny Salesa (Associate Education).

"That's a whole-of-government approach – the wellbeing approach – which will start to tackle and turn around a long-term problem that just shouldn't exist in the country we all believe New Zealand to be," Grant Robertson says.

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