Part D: Support for victims
- R74 Government should invest the necessary resources and facilitate the following improvements to the sexual violence support sector:
- Development and implementation of training and education programmes across the sexual violence sector and made available to all those interacting with sexual violence victims in a professional capacity.
- Consideration of whether a recognised accreditation programme based on good practice guidelines to promote the growth of a skilled workforce in the sexual violence sector should be rolled out nationally.
- Creation of an effective monitoring system attached to the accreditation programme.
- Creation of a dedicated research unit (this may be located within an established body) funded to facilitate the application of research into practice standards, with a clear agenda and charged with fostering international collaboration for this purpose. This includes the adoption of data collection programmes.
- R75 A sexual violence commission (see R 76) should be given responsibility for:
- coordinating of the scope and nature of services provided; and
- promoting communication and consultation across the sector.
- R76 A sexual violence commission should be established with a number of commissioners and a core staff with expertise in the field of sexual violence. One commissioner should focus on issues and concerns relating to Māori victims.
- R77 The commission should be established by statute in the form of an independent Crown entity.
- R78 In addition to coordinating the sector (see R 75), the commission should fulfil the following functions:
- establishing a dedicated sexual violence research unit;
- developing and implementing training and education programmes for those who work with sexual violence victims; and
- establishing and monitoring an accreditation system for those who work with sexual violence victims, which might extend to the providers of the alternative justice processes and the programmes recommended in Part C of this Report.
- R79 The commission, in consultation with sector providers, should give consideration to the most effective model for allocating and distributing funding to ensure wraparound care.
- R80 The commission’s performance should be measured against a detailed set of output measures, agreed with the commission’s monitoring agency, and reflecting the core functions set out in this Report.
- R81 The commission, in consultation with sector providers, should provide a statement of intent every three years and report annually to government on its financial accounts.
- R82 The commission should have a board of governance and membership with an emphasis on diversity and expertise in the field including multiple representatives from the sexual violence service provider sector, different ethnic and cultural groups (including tangata whenua and representatives from migrant and non-English speaking communities), the LGBTI community, the disability community and the medical/counselling profession.