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Benefit fraud investigation process and domestic violence.

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From: R Gavey

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

I would like to make a request under the Official Information Act 1982 for information relating to the Ministry of Social Development’s benefit fraud investigation process and domestic violence.

More specifically, I would like the following information:

1. I saw that in a previous Ministry of Social Development official information response (dated 8 August 2018), there was an investigation training manual attached – titled “Investigation Unit Training Package” (see: https://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-...).
• When was this training manual produced?
• Has it been updated since it was first produced?
• Is it still being used to train the Ministry of Social Development staff and investigators?
• If no, please provide the most recent investigation training manual.

2. Do the Ministry of Social Development benefit fraud investigators receive training on indicators of domestic violence?
• The Work and Income website states, under the section on the Family Violence Intervention Programme (see: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/provid...): “Our case managers have been trained to identify and respond appropriately to people who are living in or leaving violent family situations.”
• Please provide any relevant training manuals or policy documents.

3. When conducting benefit fraud investigations, are there specific procedures for situations in which there is suspicion of domestic violence?
• Please provide any relevant training manuals or policy documents.
• Does the Ministry of Social Development consider indicators of domestic violence (and coercive control) when making determinations on benefit recipients’ relationship status?
• If so, what role does evidence of domestic violence play in these determinations? e.g. does evidence of coercive control mitigate the existence of a relationship in the nature of a marriage?

Ngā mihi nui,
R Gavey

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