Statement from Women’s Refuge in relation to the Government Initiatives announced today

2 July 2014

Women’s Refuge supports the Prime Minister taking a stand about domestic violence today, however, is concerned that the initiatives he proposes will still not address an ‘epidemic’ of domestic violence.

“We look forward to hearing the details of these initiatives especially around the Justice Sector announcements today,” says Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Heather Henare. “We had no warning or consultation around the shape of these, therefore from what little we have seen we have some concerns that these initiatives are geared towards the 18% of victims who report domestic violence to the police and the 5% who take up a Protection Order.  We fail to see how this response today addresses the 80% of domestic violence that remains unreported to the Justice Sector.”
Ms Henare said a Symposium on Women and Children organised by Women’s Refuge in Auckland this Friday has attracted 200 people across the social spectrum. They will hear from seven political parties about their ideas and initiatives.
“At this event we will comment on the initiatives and clearly articulate our concerns and our ideas on what any government should be doing to stem the epidemic of domestic violence that we consider is happening in this country today.”

Symposium on Women and Children – see venue and details below – there will be a media area and a Media Statement provided on the day.  Interviews can be arranged at lunchtime.
Media: Sue Lytollis 0273224699

Final Programme for Women’s Refuge Symposium on Women, 4th July 2014

Venue: Western Springs Garden Community Hall
956 Great North Rd. Interviews can be arranged with
speakers and a media area created.

9am Heather Henare introduces Mari Larasi MC; then Marai intro Tina Cross

9.10 Tina sings Walk Away

9.15 Heather speaks

9.25 Shasha Ali (Shakti)

9.40 Saatchi and Saatchi launch our 2014 BringBackKate Campaign. Wendy Schrijvers presents

10.00 MC introduces panel line up 10 minutes each

10 – 10.10 Speaker 1 – Hon Paula Bennett – National Party

10.10 – 10.20 Speaker 2 – Hon David Cunnliffe – Labour Party

10.20 – 10.30 Speaker 3 – Hon Peter Dunne – United

10.30 – 10.40 Speaker 4 – Te Ururoa Flavell – Maori Party

10.40 – 10.50 Speaker 5 – Tracey Martin – NZ First

10.50 – 11am Speaker 6 – Miriam Pierard – Internet Party

11 – 11.10 Speaker 7 – Metiria Turei – Greens

11.10 MC manages panel, makes comment, thanks panel

11.15 Theresa Gattung Business Women; philanthropist

11.45 Dr Denise Wilson, AUT University

12.15 – 1pm LUNCH – At 12.55 show Tina’s Music Video

1 – 1.30 Helen Kelly, President Council of Trade Unions

1.30 – 2 Professor Judy McGregor , AUT University

2 – 2.30 Khylee Quince , Associate Dean, Faculty of Law, Auckland

2.30 – 3 Associate Professor Susan St John , Auckland University

3 – 3.15 Afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45 Dr Huhana Hickey, disability issues

3.45 – 4.15 Marai Larasi – sums up

4.15 Ends

Media Contact: Sue Lytollis

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