No simple solution to NZ's family violence crisis - HELP director

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Monday, 20 May 2019, 7:23AM
The Government's Wellbeing Budget will invest more than $320 million over four years into helping break cycle. Photo / Getty Images.

There's no simple solution to our family and sexual violence crisis.

The Government's Wellbeing Budget will invest more than $320 million over four years into helping break cycle.

The money will go towards allowing victims to give video statements in court to reduce trauma, specialist training for lawyers in sexual violence cases, and better support services for victims.

HELP executive director, Kathryn McPhillips, told Mike Hosking this budget takes a different approach.

"There's not one answer to this, we need to be coming into this in many different ways and this is what this budget starts to do."

How to get help

If you're in danger now:

• Phone the police on 111 or ask neighbours of friends to ring for you.
• Run outside and head for where there are other people.
• Scream for help so that your neighbours can hear you.
• If you are being abused, remember it's not your fault. Violence is never okay.

Where to go for help or more information:

• NZ Police
• The Harbour, for those affected by harmful sexual behaviour
• Help Auckland 24/7 helpline 09 623 1700
• Rape Prevention Education
• Wellington Help 24/7 crisisline 04 801 6655, push 0
• Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
• Women's Refuge: Free national crisis line operates 24/7 - 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843 www.womensrefuge.org.nz
• Shine, free national helpline 9am- 11pm every day - 0508 744 633 www.2shine.org.nz
• Shakti: Providing specialist cultural services for African, Asian and Middle Eastern women and their children. Crisis line 24/7 0800 742 584
• White Ribbon: Aiming to eliminate men's violence towards women, focusing this year on sexual violence and the issue of consent. www.whiteribbon.org.nz

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