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May 15, 2020 at 3:41 PM

Stuff: Domestic violence refuges and helplines to receive further funding as Government announces $183 million Budget spend

Domestic violence refuges and special medical treatment for strangulation victims are to be funded as part of a $200 million Budget spend.

The Government on Monday announced the $202m total funding package for family and sexual violence service providers and programmes - such as one which has police and health officials work together to gather evidence against people who strangle their partners.

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RNZ: Family violence funding: Māori NGO warns systemic overhaul needed

The government's $202m funding boost for family violence services is welcome, but government procurement and pay equity still need addressing, sexual violence network Te Ohaakii a Hine says.

The government has allocated $183m to ensure continued access to specialist family violence services, including services supporting victims of family violence, services to help perpetrators to stop inflicting family violence, and services to support victims of elder abuse.

Another $19.9 million will go towards a cross-agency initiative with police, justice and health to ensure victims of non-fatal strangulation can access highly trained medical practitioners, trained to deal with the trauma and for forensic services.

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Newsroom: What the Budget means for women

The Budget's investment in physical infrastructure is necessary for economic recovery, but it must be recognised that the number of women in those jobs are much lower than in social infrastructure like heath services and education. The Government should consider this when deciding where to put the remaining $20 billion.

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Stuff: Coronavirus has polarised those most vulnerable in society, experts say

The coronavirus pandemic and six weeks of lockdown has polarised vulnerable communities. Confined to their homes, the true consequences of unemployment, financial stress and loss of culture on NZ's most vulnerable communities are yet to be revealed, but experts say the impact will be severe. Amber-Leigh Woolf reports.

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Newshub: Coronavirus: Government should use Budget 2020 to also address long-term issues - advocates

Budget 2020 is shaping up to be among the most significant in New Zealand history, with advocates hoping it addresses the long-term issues which existed before the pandemic, as well as COVID-19's immediate impacts.

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RNZ: Covid-19: Strained social services brace for even further demand

Social services fear some of their funding sources are about to dry up, just as more people need help amid the fallout from Covid-19.

Since the alert level 4 lockdown, foodbanks across the country have been busier than ever, but community organisations are anticipating many more months of increased demand for food and other services, as unemployment worsens.

After years of under-funding, they are pleading with the government for more help in Thursday's Budget.

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NZ Herald: Covid 19 coronavirus: Concern that children more at risk of online predators

Justice officials feared children would be increasingly subjected to internet predators during lockdown, as a result of spending more time online.

Documents released this afternoon by the Joint Venture on Family Violence and Sexual Violence (JV) say "additional risks" also included young people accessing or viewing inappropriate content such as online pornography.

Data from Pornhub shows a massive spike in traffic the day New Zealand went into lockdown.

And the officials were worried about children being particularly vulnerable to under-reported abuse, and to witnessing violence at home, as abusive behaviours escalated in isolation.

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RNZ: Abuse survivors worried they lack a voice at inquiry

The Royal Commission investigating historic abuse in care has quietly suspended meetings of the group of survivors set up to advise it.

The inquiry told survivor advisory group members in December that meetings would not be happening for the "foreseeable future".

Instead, the Royal Commission says it's seeking advice from individual members and smaller working groups based on their own experiences.

But abuse survivors say that hasn't happened, and they now fear the inquiry is breaching its own terms of reference.

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Stuff: 'It's not the home I wanted to give my children': Relationship turns violent in lockdown

Three weeks into lockdown, the tensions bubbling beneath the surface of Natalie's* home erupted into violence. Here is her story.

Until lockdown, Natalie had been on the fence about the relationship. "Separation had been on the cards, but I was more on the side of staying together for the kids."

Natalie had found ways to minimise the chance for conflict. That meant leading separate lives: when the couple weren't at work, they'd take turns to care for their preschool children, spend time with different friends, and pursue their own interests.

But forced together in lockdown, avoiding each other was no longer an option, and the atmosphere in the house became charged as the couple juggled work and childcare.

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Newshub: Newshub's Susie Nordqvist witnesses shocking domestic violence incident

This article discusses domestic violence.

A man who dragged a woman down a driveway by her hair told Newshub presenter Susie Nordqvist to "shut up" and "mind her business" when she attempted to intervene, leaving the journalist and mother-of-two shaken and questioning whether she had done "the right thing".

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Stuff: Preventive detention sought for one of the country's most notorious child killers

Graphic warning: some details in this story may be upsetting

The Crown says a man who carried out one of the country's most notorious child killings, served 12 years in prison and went on to subject a woman and her children to years of violence will still be a risk when he is one day released.

Benny Haerewa was sentenced to nine years in prison at the High Court in Auckland in October after earlier admitting 11 charges including threatening to kill, serious assaults and sexual violation.

The Crown had asked for a sentence of preventive detention, a sentence with no end date that would require Haerewa to show he no longer poses a risk to the community.

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