Eighty-eight people commented on the Family Violence Summit's themes via the online survey, which closed on Friday, June 16. The theme most commented on was 'Helping children and their whānau to live without family violence', with 73 commenters. Sixty-eight people commented on the theme 'Taking opportunities to intervene earlier'; 42 people commented on 'Supporting seniors, people with disabilities and migrant communities', and 35 people commented on the theme 'Kaupapa Māori whānau-centred approaches'. Fifty-two people made a further comment about a topic of their choosing. Many of these comments were complex and included specific suggestions. To ensure nothing is lost, we will analyse them fully and report back to Ministers and the sector. That work is expected to take about three weeks, after which a report back will be prepared that presents the online survey comments and the views of the sector representatives who attended the Summit. We expect to have the report back available for sharing with everyone in early August, via this newsletter and online. It won't include every comment, but will represent the wide range of views, and highlight common themes. All the comments will be presented anonymously. The outcomes will feed into the work of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence.
We know that 79% of those who report elder abuse are harmed by family members and 43% of victims live with their abuser. Seniors Minister Maggie Barry has today launched a new Elder Abuse Response Service, including a free and confidential 24/7 helpline. Registered nurses will listen and advise anyone who needs information or support about elder abuse, including victims, and concerned friends and family members. Callers will be referred to local elder abuse services to get the help they need. Translation services are also available. Read Minister Barry’s announcement(external link).
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