Shine welcomes the Government’s funding boost of $183 million towards family violence services, and says focusing on
supporting perpetrators to change is a major step forward.
Shine’s Acting General Manager Sally Ward says the Government’s Budget initiatives take a more comprehensive approach
than previously, by looking at both prevention and management of family violence.
“Family violence will never be stopped without a focus on prevention,” says Sally. “We welcome the budget focus on men
using violence. We hope too that it will include men who are concerned about their own behaviour and choose to seek
Shine has run ‘No Excuses’, a stopping violence programme for men, for more than 20 years helping 3,500 men to change
their behaviour and build respectful, non-violent relationships. Many of the men who come to Shine say they wish they
had learnt positive relationship skills earlier in their lives.
“While we do not yet know the extent of the funding available for Shine’s programmes, we would hope it would allow us to
expand our services to reach all men who have a desire or a need to change what it means to be a man: to be able to
manage emotions and communicate with respect and care for their partners, their children and others.”
Shine notes that the boost in funding also acknowledges the role of specialist domestic violence organisations and their
staff in preventing and managing the violence that impacts on so many families in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Sally continued: “The focus on specialist services is crucial. Women and children who are experiencing abuse deserve
professional end-to-end, high-quality support that meets a wide range of needs.”
The funding will provide support for organisations like Shine, to attract, retain and develop specialist family violence
staff, which is likely to increase both the quality and the success of their services.
“The work we do is highly skilled, and staff need to be able to access regular training and development to keep them at
the cutting edge. This has always been a challenge as previous funding has not included the broader cost of ongoing
training to ensure staff are up-to-date with the latest developments, and research to support our clients.”
Shine notes that while the funding will be welcome, it will not cover the cost of running a highly skilled, time and
labour-intensive support service.
“For many years, organisations providing family violence services have struggled to cover their costs and to remain
sustainable. The four-year approach will give us some additional stability, but we will still need funding from donors
and corporates to continue our work. We are making progress, but changing culture and behaviour requires massive effort