Labour says it will spend $60 million over four years to halt
family and sexual violence if it gets into government.
Leader David Cunliffe is in Auckland today where he will
release the party's policy on reducing family violence.
"On average 35 New Zealanders are killed by a member of their
family every year, and one in three women experience intimate
partner violence. Last year 20,000 women and children sought
the help of Women's Refuge," Mr Cunliffe said.
"This is totally unacceptable. It has a devastating physical
and emotional impact on the lives of a great many of our
women and children. Labour will work towards its
Mr Cunliffe will announce a package of measures for immediate
action, as well as longer-term solutions.
"We will adopt an action plan to eliminate violence against
women and children.We will provide $60 million over four
years for family and sexual violence to support front-line
services, primary prevention and education," Mr Cunliffe
Labour would reform the justice system to provide "real
justice to survivors while upholding the right to be presumed
innocent" and review prosecution guidelines and the operation
of protection orders.
"As Labour Party leader, I am determined that we address the
causes and consequences of family violence but this cannot be
achieved in a piecemeal manner or without a unified effort
across government agencies and NGOs," he said.
The action plan would be led from within the Department of
Prime Minister and Cabinet.