Family support is backed by RWNZ organisation

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THE announcement this week that the Government will give family violence services a boost of $76.2 million was a step in the right direction for our women and families, said Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) national chair Penny Mudford.

New Zealand’s rate of violence against women and children was unacceptable, she said.

“It is great to see the Government increasing support services for women, families, and communities in need.”

The Government also announced that additional funding in 2019/2020 would enable services to expand into areas where there was currently no support.

Rural women and children can be vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse due to their geographic and social isolation

“Women and children living in rural New Zealand have particular challenges and can be vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse due to their geographic and social isolation.

“For some, living rurally means they are some distance from their families and whanau and do not have the support that the wider family can provide,” Ms Mudford said.

“Family violence victims in rural New Zealand do not have the same level of access to psychological and legal support as urban women and children do, due to living rurally.

“RWNZ hope that this boost announced by the Government will be used to empower our rural communities by giving women and children who are victims of violence the help and support they so badly need.”

THE announcement this week that the Government will give family violence services a boost of $76.2 million was a step in the right direction for our women and families, said Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) national chair Penny Mudford.

New Zealand’s rate of violence against women and children was unacceptable, she said.

“It is great to see the Government increasing support services for women, families, and communities in need.”

The Government also announced that additional funding in 2019/2020 would enable services to expand into areas where there was currently no support.

Rural women and children can be vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse due to their geographic and social isolation

“Women and children living in rural New Zealand have particular challenges and can be vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse due to their geographic and social isolation.

“For some, living rurally means they are some distance from their families and whanau and do not have the support that the wider family can provide,” Ms Mudford said.

“Family violence victims in rural New Zealand do not have the same level of access to psychological and legal support as urban women and children do, due to living rurally.

“RWNZ hope that this boost announced by the Government will be used to empower our rural communities by giving women and children who are victims of violence the help and support they so badly need.”

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