Te Aorerekura – the National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence launched

Today, the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence launched Te Aorerekura – Aotearoa’s first ever National Strategy for the Elimination of Family Violence and Sexual Violence.

The Strategy sets out a framework to drive government action in a unified way and harness public support and community action. It will also increase political and public sector accountability by setting out what the government is committing to do and how it will measure and report on progress.

The 25-year Strategy seeks to achieve six shifts and ensure we are learning and monitoring progress as we go:

  • Shift 1: Towards strength-based wellbeing
  • Shift 2: Towards mobilising communities
  • Shift 3: Towards skilled, culturally-competent and sustainable workforces
  • Shift 4: Towards investment in primary prevention
  • Shift 5: Towards safe, accessible and integrated responses
  • Shift 6: Towards increased capacity for healing

The National Strategy has been developed through an inclusive process, including:

  • 120 tāngata whenua, sector and community-led hui involving more than 2000 people
  • 1000 online, email, written and survey-based submissions
  • 264 women impacted by violence who responded to an independent survey run by The Backbone Collective
  • Ongoing testing of concepts and content with representatives of Tāngata Whenua Rōpū, independent advisors and specialist sectors.

An Action Plan for Te Aorerekura sets out the priorities for action and the responsibilities of each government agency.

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for implementing the Strategy across everything we do, and for two specific actions:

  • Shift Three: Towards skilled, culturally-competent and sustainable workforces
    Action Point 15: Build court workforce capability
  • Shift Five: Towards safe, accessible and integrated  responses
    Action Point 27: Develop new practice guidelines for supporting participants in FVSV court proceedings.

These actions are part of the Ministry’s wider work programme of operational and policy initiatives.

This work will continue through 2022 and beyond.

Read more about Te Aorerekura at www.violencefree.govt.nz(external link).

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