2021: Submission on Violence Free Aotearoa National Strategy
Victim Support welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to guide the government’s violence free Aotearoa National Strategy and Action Plans. We support the strategy and the seven action points to prevent family and sexual violence, and there is much work to be done.
Our submission is informed by our work with the full spectrum of adult family violence clients, including many who slip through the cracks between other services, such as whānau affected by "low risk" family harm, male victims, and intra-familial violence (IFV) victims - those harmed by a family member who is not their intimate partner.
In our submission we provide feedback from our frontline Whānau Support Workers to help shape the focus areas, including:
The New Zealand Crime & Victims Survey released today shows a worrying trend that most New Zealanders are not reporting crime.
Since the Christchurch earthquake, the Order of St Lazarus has continued to make significant financial contributions to Victim Support.
Ministry of Health has announced that a new card providing conclusive legal proof of mask exemption will soon be available.
Victim Support supports firearms legislation but is concerned about omitting protection order breaches as qualifying convictions for firearms prohibition orders.
Victim Support highlights concern over underreported family violence due to victims' lack of awareness that they are experiencing family harm.
Victim Support supports the Covid-19 Legislation Bill's intent but emphasizes refinement for alignment with Victims Rights Act and Code.
Victim Support hails the Rights for Victims of Insane Offenders Bill, granting rights to victims of legally insane offenders, addressing past disparities.
Recognising the importance of using te reao across Aotearoa, Victim Support has had some of the key phrases relevant to our mahi translated into te reo Māori.
Victim Support emphasizes the need for victims' voices to be heard, despite the stalling of a bill designed to improve the rights of crime victims
Victim Support supports the Violence Free Aotearoa National Strategy, focusing on preventing family and sexual violence.
Victim Support calls for stronger rights for victims of legally insane offenders, ensuring equality with other victims of crime.
Victim Support emphasizes the need for genuine care and support for victims to encourage reporting and address victimization.