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New funding for violence in Budget 2021 and other key funding announcements

June 04, 2021 at 2:32 PM

From the NZFVC

Budget 2021 was announced on 20 May 2021. The Budget included new funding for family violence and sexual violence and a number of related initiatives.

The Wellbeing Budget 2021 includes $131.9 million of new funding over four years for family violence and sexual violence. The funding is focused on three key elements:

  • ongoing funding for existing place-based, multi-agency safety responses
  • strengthening the system response
  • investing in community-led, whānau-centred services.

This includes $81.3 million for ongoing funding for existing place-based, multi-agency safety responses. This includes the two Integrated Safety Response sites in Canterbury and Waikato and three Whāngaia Ngā Pā Harakeke sites in Whiria Te Muka (Te Hiku), Tairāwhiti and Counties Manukau. Of this funding, $48.5 million is for community services and flexi funds and $32.8 million is for community-based teams. The funding replaces time-limited funding for these services.

Additional initiatives included in the Family Violence and Sexual Violence Package include:

  • $7.9 million for "Māori-Crown partnership arrangements to enable Māori to lead in the transformation of the family violence and sexual violence system"
  • $9.2 million for additional resourcing for the Joint Venture - this includes funding the Joint Venture to support delivery of the National Strategy and Action Plans
  • $1.3 million for strategic coordination of data and insights including a review of how the government contracts family violence and sexual violence research 
  • $12.0 million to expand Whānau-Centred Facilitation initiatives that fund kaupapa Māori providers to work with whānau experiencing family violence and sexual violence
  • $8.0 million to increase the SKIP (Strategies with Kids, Information for Parents) Local Initiative Fund to provide grants for community-led projects, increase community capacity and build evidence for community-led prevention
  • $12.2 million to provide ongoing funding for existing services in five sites that provide access to 24/7 accommodation and wrap-around support services for people using violence - this includes three Auckland sites run by Gandhi Nivas and two Integrated Safety Response sites in Canterbury and Waikato 

For more information see the Joint Venture's Budget 2021 Summary of Initiatives: Family Violence and Sexual Violence Package and one page summary. The Joint Venture 21 May e-Update also provides an overview of the budget package.

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