10.29Despite a large number of community service providers and government service providers working in the field of sexual violence, we consider that gaps exist in meeting the support and service needs of victims, which negatively impact on victim engagement with the justice system.
10.31The findings of the Ministry are broader than the matters covered in this Report (see Appendix F for an overview of services in New Zealand), but we endorse the Ministry’s finding that the provision of sexual violence support services in New Zealand is disjointed, underfunded (and accordingly unsustainable), and lacking oversight and coordination to ensure care is wrapped around the victim and that the victim is assisted to engage with the justice system.
(a) Depending on the location, there is a lack of consistently available and comprehensive wraparound support to meet the unique needs of each victim. Factors include:
(i) limited funding and service delivery options across the country, especially in the provinces;
(ii) limited number of ethnicity-specific specialist services and those working with male survivors;
(iii) increasing demand for services across the sector;
(iv) providers contracting to multiple government agencies each with different requirements;
(v) potential inefficiencies from the operation of multiple independent services; and
(vi) a lack of national governance, coordination, and overarching strategy.
(b) There is a lack of adequate training, education or agreed quality standards, accreditation and monitoring to ensure that those interacting with sexual violence victims respond appropriately.
(c) There is inadequate research into sexual violence and dissemination of research findings.
(d) There is no method for collecting statistics and data arising from sexual violence and effectively applying that information in order to address sexual violence and assist victims.