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Another step to stop family violence

Auckland, June 30, 2016

Eradicating family violence came a step closer today with the official launch of a merger between two of the country’s most prominent social service providers, effective July 1, 2016.

Leading domestic abuse service provider Shine (Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday) will become a division of Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN), while continuing to focus on preventing family violence and helping adult and child victims to become safe.

Coordinated effort

By becoming a part of the same organisation, Shine services will be better coordinated with PSN’s Family Works Northern service division, a move which will have a significant impact on family violence in the most densely populated part of the country.

The ‘Better Together’ merger was celebrated at a launch event tonight attended by Minister of Justice Amy Adams. Speakers welcomed the merge as a cost-effective way to improve the lives of New Zealand’s most vulnerable people.

Dr Rod Watts, CEO of Presbyterian Support Northern, says Shine will become a distinct operating division of PSN, and continue their unwavering focus on preventing domestic abuse.

“Family Works already works closely with Shine. This merge formalises the relationship to achieve more in preventing family violence and supporting victims. It allows us to consolidate our services to ensure a seamless continuation of support for victims, and more robust programmes.

Safety to victims

“The aim is for more family violence victims to become safe, to support their on-going wellbeing and enable them to remain violence-free,” says Dr Watts.

Shine’s current Executive Director Jane Drumm will become General Manager of Shine after the merge.

Drumm says, “Domestic abuse affects far too many people in our society today. By improving our ability to intervene and support victims and their children, we’re looking to help establish safer and happier homes.”

Together, PSN and Shine will offer a range of services to adults, children and families experiencing (or perpetrating) domestic abuse. These include crisis advocacy for adults and children, refuge accommodation, client educative programmes, stopping violence programmes, social work, medium term counselling, budgeting and emergency food support.

Productivity Report

A recent Productivity Commission Report highlighted difficulties for the Government in working with a high number of smaller organisations in the social services area, especially in domestic violence specialist services.

“By combining our resources and areas of expertise PSN will be in a better position to meet the needs of the most vulnerable,” Watts said.

Shine can now operate from Presbyterian Support Northern’s 11 Family Works service centres located around the upper North Island, allowing for more effective and cost-efficient service delivery.

About Shine

Shine is a leading New Zealand specialist domestic abuse service provider, employing 36 full time staff, many of whom are qualified social workers and experienced trainers. Shine works closely with Police, Child Youth and Family and District Health Boards to provide services that help adult and child victims to be safe and support those who use violence to change their behaviour. www.2shine.org.nz

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