Empowering Diverse Communities

A fantastic announcement yesterday from Minister Marama Davidson of much needed funding for family and sexual violence prevention initiatives focused on LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, older people and new migrant communities.

Our team has been working alongside other key individuals and agencies as part of the Rainbow Violence Prevention Network to identify the specific areas of need in LGBTQIA+ communities. With a portion of the new funding, we’re now looking forward to being able to get to work on practice guidelines for those working with rainbow identifying people on sexual violence issues.

The funding provides:

• $399,000 for LGBTQIA+ centred violence prevention initiatives, including the development of practice guidelines, healthy relationships and consent resources, and an awareness raising campaign

• $350,000 to mobilise disabled communities to begin the process of addressing systemic barriers faced by tāngata whaikaha, deaf and other disabled people, implement the Safeguarding Framework and grow and strengthen the Safeguarding Adults From Abuse (SAFA) response in the Waitematā to safeguard adults at risk

• $242,000 for new violence prevention initiatives for ethnic communities, including the expansion of the Shama community development programme to six new locations and the expansion of Let’s Talk, plus the development of community conversations and healthy relationship resources

• $200,000 to support the violence prevention needs of older people.

• $250,000 to build relationships and capacity for diverse communities to engage with Joint Venture agencies

• $137,500 for Community Advisory Groups established by Massey University Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) to develop localised violence prevention initiatives and frameworks in five locations.

Read more here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/empowering-diverse-communities