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Bay of Plenty office received around 1,500 notifications about Tauranga children who might need care and protection services because of possible abuse or neglect. As a result, 101 children were taken into care by CYF – a last resort option when there is no other way to keep a child safe. The remaining children were dealt with by care and protection plans or orders, family group conferences and family whanau agreements.

Stock take of services currently supporting families affected by domestic violencE

Provider

Details of service

Government frontline abuse intervention and protection services

Tauranga Police

Attended 971 callouts to incidents of family violence in 2004; this number has been rising steadily since 2000

Child, Youth and Family

Received 1,500 notifications of abuse or neglect in 2004; many of those incidents involved children who were also witnesses to family violence

Tauranga Family Court

Grants protection orders and trespass orders; in 2004, 186 people applied for protection orders from the Tauranga Court

Crisis lines – staffed largely by volunteers who provide 24/7 advice and support

Tauranga Women’s Refuge

Receives about 1,000 calls a year from women, involving about 500 families; also provides a follow-up social work service

Victim Support

Deals with about 350 family violence follow-up referrals from the police

Shakti

Deals with referrals from Asian women who have been abused (fewer than 100 calls each year)

Presbyterian Support Northern

Operates the ‘Opals’ Older Peoples Advocacy and Liaison Service; deals with referrals from older people who have concerns about abuse, and runs elder abuse education campaigns; fewer than 100 referrals in the last year, although this service has been extended

Note: The crisis sexual abuse phone service formerly offered by Tauranga Help has closed due to funding pressures.

Safe accommodation

Tauranga Women’s Refuge

Has a four-bedroom home that houses about 100 families a year; can accommodate a maximum of 20 people at any one time

Child, Youth and Family

Children in need of care and protection are placed in care; in 2004, 101 children entered care; some of the foster care is provided by a range of NGO providers, including Ngati Ranginui Iwi Society, Ngaiterangi, Open Home Foundation etc

Victim recovery

Tauranga Living Without Violence

Provides a women’s group programme covering anger management and empowerment. Most clients referred by the Family Court after protection orders have been issued. Deals with about 80 women a year; funded by the DHB and Ministry of Justice

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