Greater access to services needed to address rural family violence

January 29, 2019 11:45 pm

The Family Violence Act 2018 must protect victims’ privacy and accessibility to support services, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“Sharing and disclosing information between government sectors, such as health and education, may place the privacy of family violence victims at risk,” says RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower.

“Although RWNZ supports the Government’s efforts to create an effective preventative response to family violence through information sharing, we do not support a system that puts people at risk and leaves victims feeling vulnerable and unable to seek help because they are afraid of confidentiality breaches.”

“However, for many rural families, there are no “on the ground agencies” to provide services desperately needed and this remains our fundamental concern.”

“Rural victims of family violence often cannot leave their situations easily and this isolation and lack of support is significant as 39% of rural women will experience violence, compared to 33% of urban women, as cited in our submission on the Family Violence Legislation Bill in July 2017,” says Ms Gower.

ENDS.

 

For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]

 

 

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