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MSD update on the development of sexual violence services

November 03, 2016 at 3:47 PM

*From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse*

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has published its third update on the development of sexual violence services. 

The work on service development follows the Government's announcement in May 2016 that $46 million will be invested over four years to design and implement new sexual violence services and maintain existing services. 

The Sexual Violence Service Development Update (1 November 2016) includes information about:

  • The overarching work programme
  • The development of First Response Sexual Violence Services
  • The development of the Sexual Violence Advice and Support Service
  • The development of Harmful Sexual Behaviour Services
  • Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • How to keep up-to-date
Key information includes:

First Response Sexual Violence Services

MSD met with providers in eight locations across the country during October and early November. Discussions included what good practice looks like, the capabilities a specialist sexual violence workforce requires and what a potential service model/s for first response sexual violence services should look like. 
Sexual Violence Advice and Support Service

During November, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) will facilitate a co-development session, also known as a ‘sprint session’. This will consider what the new Sexual Violence Advice and Support Service could potentially look like and how it will work in practice. MSD intends to consult more widely on what is being developed following the sprint. 

Harmful sexual behaviour services

In October, MSD and PwC facilitated a service co-development process with providers and key government agencies (a series of ‘sprint sessions’), which involved four providers currently delivering harmful sexual behaviour services. During the sprint sessions, discussions focused on what effective service models for harmful sexual behaviour services for non-mandated adults are. This included discussion around what good practice looks like and the capabilities and support a specialist sexual violence workforce requires. This sprint process is scheduled to conclude in early November 2016. Following this, MSD wants to consult more widely on what has been developed through that process and there will be opportunities to provide feedback and have input into the development of the service model early in 2017.

Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

MSD has now extended all current contracts to maintain existing services until 30 June 2017. Their focus is now on working with providers and other stakeholders to plan and progress the further development of existing services. Once this is complete, they will provide an update on the next steps and how providers and key stakeholders can be involved.

Keep up to date

MSD will continue to provide these updates monthly. To receive the updates by email, contact MSD also welcomes questions or feedback during these projects.

More information