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Budget to provide $46m to support victims and prevent sexual violence

18 May 2016.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Justice Minister Amy Adams have today announced that Budget 2016 will invest $46 million of funding over four years to better support victims and help prevent sexual abuse.

The funding will be used to maintain existing services in the short term and develop, design and implement new services for the long term. The aim is to create an integrated national service system that is more sustainable and effective.

The Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence has overseen a work programme to review the current system and look at where funding is needed and where the Government can deliver the best results.

This has taken place in parallel to a Social Services Select Committee inquiry into funding of specialist sexual violence social services. The new approach takes into account the Committee’s recommendations.

The Ministry of Social Development will be working closely with the sexual violence sector and other stakeholders to develop and implement new services.

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