New Zealand to budget $320 million for victims of family and sexual violence

New Zealand to budget $320 million for victims of family and sexual violence
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New Zealand’s government has announced a $320 million spending package in its upcoming budget that’s aimed at fighting family and sexual violence.

In an announcement Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the funding “the biggest single investment ever” by a New Zealand government on the topic, The New York Times reports.

She added that it aims to address one of the “most disturbing, most shameful” problems in the country, the Times reports.

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The family and sexual violence package is said to be a joint budget bid from multiple government departments, New Zealand television station TVNZ reports. It includes 24-hour sexual violence crisis support services, training for health practitioners and intervention programs.

In recent months, Ardern has taken steps to prioritize areas aside from the nation’s economy in its spending.

The upcoming budget, which will be unveiled May 30, is set to be the first “Wellbeing Budget” with spending broken down into five priority categories: supporting mental health, reducing child poverty, addressing disparities faced by Maori and Pacific Islanders, succeeding in the digital age and moving toward a low-emission and sustainable economy.