More funding and collaboration is needed to tackle family
violence, Dr Nicola Atwool says.
''I don't think there's enough money and there's a need for
some investment,'' the University of Otago associate
professor of social work said.
More funding was required from the Government and the private
sector to stamp out the problem, Dr Atwool said after a
Family Violence Forum in Dunedin this week.
While more government funding was needed, ''I don't expect
the Government to fund all of this'', she said.
''New Zealand needs to look at the idea of social
New Zealanders needed to understand private funding was
required to prevent family violence; it was an investment in
everyone's quality of life.
Family violence cost ''every man, woman and child in New
Zealand $1833 per year, every year'' and any additional
funding to prevent it was investment, not charity.
There was also a need for greater collaboration between
''In the UK, they made major progress when they got a
cross-party coalition around children's safety [in the
household],'' she said.
''This isn't something that should ever be a political
One of the hindrances in New Zealand was National's
unwillingness to have a cross-party platform on family
Last month, National announced a package of plans intended to
tackle family violence, which included establishing a chief
victim's adviser to the Minister of Justice, reviewing the
Domestic Violence Act 1995 and introducing GPS monitoring of
high-risk domestic violence offenders.
Dr Atwool said greater collaboration was needed between the
agencies which dealt with the victims and offenders of family
violence, in addition to parliamentary collaboration.