17 Sep 2016

Women's Refuge needs more funding - and soon

4:28 pm on 17 September 2016

The head of the Women's Refuge says recently signalled reforms to tackle family violence mean they'll need even more funding, and soon.

Dr Ang Jury from the Palmerston North Women's Refuge

Ang Jury said Women's Refuge had not received any increase to its core service funding since about 2008. Photo: RNZ / Philippa Tolley

Justice Minister Amy Adams told TV3's The Nation a $130 million package announced this week was largely about changes to the legal framework and a ministerial taskforce is still working on how to fund frontline services.

Dr Ang Jury said they would like to see an announcement before current contracts end in June.

"There's been no increase in our core service funding since about 2008 and all of the reforms which are being signalled as being put in place are requiring more.

"Now I understand that the ministers are well and truly aware of that, and that they are working on that, but at this point in time we've got no idea what happens next."

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