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Report explores victim-survivor needs for longer-term support

September 11, 2020 at 2:22 PM

From the NZFVC

The Backbone Collective has released a new report on the types of long-term support needed to help victim-survivors get safe, recover and rebuild their lives after experiencing violence and abuse.

The report, Victim-Survivor Perspectives on Longer-Term Support After Experiencing Violence and Abuse (2020), was commissioned by the Ministry of Social Development to inform the Whānau Resilience work programme. It calls for urgent change to service design and implementation, saying:

"Victim-survivors described an incredibly long, complex, dangerous and difficult struggle to get safe in which they had very little access to resources or safe and appropriate support and often found they were powerless to stop the abuse even after they separated from the abuser."

The report is based on findings from a survey of more than 500 women the Backbone Collective conducted in November 2019. The survey asked women victim-survivors about their wellbeing and safety, their experiences of accessing support and what kinds of support would make a difference to long-term safety, recovery and wellbeing. 

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