Saturday, December 4

ACC will spend $ 44.9 million on sexual violence prevention

ACC is spending nearly $ 45 million in an attempt to prevent sexual violence, including $ 11.7 million for Maori kaupapa approaches.

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Over the next four years, he aimed to address the underlying causes of sexual violence and work to change attitudes and behaviors.

The agency would work on the problem together with other government agencies, specialized services, providers, iwi and communities.

ACC Minister Carmel Sepuloni said Aotearoa-New Zealand had unacceptable rates of sexual violence.

Almost a quarter of adults had experienced sexual violence, one of the highest rates in OECD countries.

And Minister Sepuloni said that around 16 percent of people are affected by sexual violence before they turn 18.

“These high rates cannot continue, we need to implement systems that protect our whānau and our future generations.”

Carmel Sepuloni on Budget Day 2021.

ACC Minister Carmel Sepuloni.
Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Sexual violence is estimated to cost New Zealand more than $ 6.9 billion a year, he said.

“A primary prevention approach is the best option to make significant improvements in well-being and reduce the incidence and impact of harm, thereby reducing the cost to individuals and societies.

“Having more investment and much more considerate programs in the sexual violence space and prevention area should help us achieve that goal, and that’s certainly what we’re focused on.”

The minister for the prevention of family and sexual violence, Marama Davidson, said that one of the first priorities would be to promote respect and consent in relationships.

The program would also address the “underlying factors that lead to violence.”

“We do this by identifying the systemic causes that lead to sexual violence and by changing individual and community attitudes and behaviors,” Davidson said.

“It will look at the entire community and address the social drivers that allow sexual violence to occur.

The work would be designed with a focus on those most affected.

Previously, there were “gaps” in services for migrant, elderly, Maori, Pasifika, disabled and “rainbow” communities, Davidson said.

“Our system’s response must ensure that we are prioritizing and working with those groups to lead what prevention work will be like in those communities.”

Co-leader of the Green Party and Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson on the Justice Committee

Marama Davidson, co-leader of the Green Party and Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence.
Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox

ACC Associate Minister Willie Jackson said the investment plan was a step in the right direction to address statistics showing that Maori traditionally received less support through ACC.

“Maori are disproportionately affected by sexual violence, and while many effects are common to all, Maori experience sexual violence in culturally different ways.

“This requires solutions led by Maori, with Maori and for Maori.”

The ACC and other government agencies were beginning to design the program.

Davidson said the national strategy to eliminate family and sexual violence would be announced by the end of the year.

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