Budget 2022 funding for family violence and sexual violence

Tue 10 May 2022

The Government has announced funding in Budget 2022 to prevent and respond to family violence and sexual violence across Aotearoa.

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Budget 2022 funding for family violence and sexual violence

The Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence, Marama Davidson, has announced in a pre-budget statement that Budget 2022 will include $114.5 million over four years to support the implementation of Te Aorerekura - the National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Minister Davidson said:

“Budget 2022 will help us deliver better primary prevention services, support community-led responses, and improve workforce capability to strengthen community approaches to eliminating family violence and sexual violence.

“Developed in partnership, Te Aorerekura identified six shifts that need to occur in order for tangata whenua, specialist sectors, communities and government to work together towards people being able to enjoy peaceful lives. Budget 2022 will invest in making these shifts happen."

The Joint Venture for Family Violence and Sexual Violence (the Joint Venture) published a one page summary of the Budget 2022 funding for family violence and sexual violence. It outlines the following initiatives that align with Te Aorerekura:

  • "$38.1 million to support and expand integrated community-led responses (ICR)
  • $4.0 million to lay the foundations for enduring relationships which empower communities to participate in change
  • $7.4 million to develop and implement critical family violence and sexual violence guidance, standards and tools for specialist workers
  • $4.6 million to deliver foundational family violence and sexual violence training to the court-related workforce
  • $9.8 million to maintain services for victims and perpetrators of family violence, to reduce harm and improve outcomes
  • $37.6 million to support the shift towards primary prevention
  • $5.0 million to Family Start towards building the capability of whānau workers to identify and respond early to signs of family violence and sexual violence
  • $8.1 million to maintain services for victims of non-fatal strangulation."

For more detailed information see the Joint Venture's full summary of family violence and sexual violence initiatives for Budget 2022. You can watch a recording of Minister Davidson's full speech announcing the Budget 2022 initiatives or read her speech.

Update: Also see the Ministry of Social Development factsheets on Growing family violence prevention – Budget 2022 and Continuing Family Violence Response Coordination services – Budget 2022.

The Government will announce Budget 2022 on 19 May 2022. Other pre-budget announcements include a joint announcement related to law and order funding from Justice Minister Kris Faafoi, Police Minister Poto Williams and Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis.

For other updates from the Joint Venture see the latest Joint Venture e-update for April 2022 including community analysis papers, an update on the Tangata Whenua Ministerial Advisory Group, and more.

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The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) published the Evaluation report on the procurement and co-design of the Whānau Resilience programme (October 2021). The report summarises findings from the kaupapa Māori evaluation. The aim of the evaluation was to understand how well the procurement and co-design processes of the Whānau Resilience programme were developed and implemented, and how these were experienced by three of 12 regions across Aotearoa: Counties Manukau, Wellington, and Tasman. Funding in Budget 2018 was committed for Whānau Resilience, to enable MSD to work differently with local providers, and find improved ways of engaging with Māori and Pacific peoples in service procurement, design, and delivery.

MSD also published a report summarising findings from a baseline survey about the Impact of Budget-19 on Sexual Violence Services and the Sector and a two page summary of the findings (September 2021). This is the first report from a four-year research and evaluation programme designed to evaluate the impact of the uplift in funding from Budget-2019 and increase understanding of how best to support people affected by sexual violence, with a focus on the needs of select priority groups through the commissioning of exploratory projects. For more information see the MSD webpage on Specialist sexual violence services.

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