To help inform the development of longer-term support services in communities throughout New Zealand, MSD contracted The Backbone Collective to find out from people who identify as female, via an online survey, what kind of longer-term support would have helped them get safe, recover and rebuild their lives after experiencing violence and abuse.
- Ensure support services keep victim-survivors and their children safe.
- Remove barriers to safety and recovery by ensuring all parts of the response system work to enable victim-survivors to access and use longer-term support and in particular, the Family Court, Work and Income, and Housing NZ.
- Have a specialist family violence work force (including health professionals, supervision centre workers, Family Court professionals as well as family violence agencies and frontline staff).
- Improve the understanding of family violence by people who deliver support and services to victim-survivors to include information about trauma, risks to children and that abuse can be ongoing and victim-survivors may have little control over contact with the abuse.
- Urgently provide longer term support and services to enable women and their children to get safe (early and easily) that are free, ongoing, flexible, culturally appropriate and responsive to the particular needs of victim-survivors.