The National Strategy and Action Plan to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence
The Strategy and Action Plan articulates clearly the experiences of disabled people showing “rates of violence against disabled people in Aotearoa New Zealand are much higher than those experienced by the rest of the population. Disabled adults are 52% more likely than non-disabled adults to be sexually assaulted in their lifetime” (Page 10 of the Strategy).
In the National Strategy in the "Communities’ needs and aspirations" section, the key quote from disabled people involved in the consultation and design of the strategy is that "We want choices and quality services and supports that meet our needs" (Page 20 of the Strategy).
A big mihi and thank you to all those who have contributed to the Strategy through their thoughts, ideas, advocacy and sadly the sharing of their experiences. A big mihi also to those who have listened and worked on the Strategy and Action Plan. Kia kaha to those who will implement the Strategy and Plan and who will continue to listen and put the Strategy into action, making progress towards the Strategy’s Vision:
"All people in Aotearoa New Zealand are thriving; their wellbeing is enhanced and sustained because they are safe and supported to live their lives free from family violence and sexual violence.".
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