22 Mar 2011

Claims violence prevention funding may be transferred

5:05 pm on 22 March 2011

A Cabinet committee is expected to consider on Wednesday a proposal that could scrap $11.5 million from some family violence prevention initiatives.

Anti-violence groups have been told that Associate Social Development Minister Tariana Turia will ask for the money to be shifted from their programmes to the government scheme Whanau Ora.

The National Network of Stopping Violence says the country will see more child abuse deaths and lose a vital link which helps agencies such as Child, Youth and Family and police share information.

Jigsaw Family Services says the cuts would be a big setback.

Ms Turia's office says she has been discussing a range of matters with family violence scheme providers and any decisions will be confirmed in the Budget in May.