Monday, October 5, 2009

Stop ACC cuts to sexual abuse counselling

ACC is changing the criteria for funding counseling for survivors of sexual abuse.

"The rules, due to be implemented from October 12, state the Accident Compensation Corporation will pay for counselling only if victims of sexual abuse are diagnosed with a mental injury under the US Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version 4 (DSM-IV)."

"Dr Kim McGregor, who chairs the tauiwi (Pakeha) section of the National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together, said counsellors were angry that the new version still required diagnosing abuse survivors with a mental disorder from the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM-IV.

'Some counsellors are ethically opposed to using a psychiatric diagnosis for sexual violence,' she said."

full article here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10596123

and here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10600172

Auckland meeting to organise against the funding cut:

Wednesday, October 7th, 6:30pm at Women's Space, Auckland Uni.

Please spread the word.

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