Our patron and kuia

“The welfare of women and children has been close to my heart for many years, particularly after delivering some of the horror stories in our news bulletins. The science of brain development tells us how damaging exposure to domestic violence is for the brains of young children. It also tells us that being surrounded by violence is just as bad as actually being hit. I wholeheartedly support the work of Women’s Refuge to provide services that help women and children escape violence in their lives.”
Judy Bailey ONZM, Patron of Women’s Refuge
“I go right back to the very beginnings of Women’s Refuge in
the early 80’s when there were many legislative changes happening to make it very difficult for women and children to be safe if they had to leave a relationship. There weren’t many supportive agencies at that time to help women or their whānau. Over the years families have become separated, mums and daughters sadly are not as close as they were decades ago, and some families have few resources to offer help…..
Aunty Kiwa Hutchen QSM Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngati Porou and Kai Tahu , Kuia of Women’s Refuge

New Zealand domestic violence statistics

  • One in three women experience psychological or physical abuse from their partners in their lifetime
  • On average 14 women, six men and 10 children are killed by a member of their family every year
  • Police are called to around 200 domestic violence situations a day – that’s one every seven minutes on average
  • Police estimate only 18% of domestic violence incidents are reported
  • At least 74,785 children and young people aged under 17 were present at domestic violence situations attended by police
  • 84% of those arrested for domestic violence are men; 16% are women


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The Warehouse and Women’s Refuge launch ‘Elves on Shelves’ to support women and children affected by domestic violence – 1 December 2015

The Warehouse is seeking kiwi ‘elves’ in its shelves this Christmas, to donate much needed gifts to women and children affected by violence over the holiday period. The campaign launches in all 92 The Warehouse stores from today, with shoppers able to donate items of their choice, such as canned goods, toys and clothing items via a collection point in-store. Paul Walsh, Executive GM for Community & Environment at The Warehouse says: “We have a partnership with Women’s Refuge.Read More

The Warehouse Group launches new workplace support to reduce family violence – 15 September 2015

The country’s largest retailer, The Warehouse Group, has launched a new initiative to support victims of family violence and encourage those affected by family violence to seek help. The ‘Family violence – it’s not ok’ initiative will apply to all the companies in the Group, including The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming, Torpedo 7 and the company’s online retailers. The initiative is available now and provides for up to 10 days paid leave… Read More

Women’s Refuge response to discussion paper: Strengthening New Zealand’s legislative response to family violence – 6 August 2015

“The discussion document that Hon Amy Adams has proposed covers off the key issues that we would have expected to be highlighted,” says Chief Executive of Women’s Refuge Dr Ang Jury. “The Minister, through the consultation document, has set out concerns that Women’s Refuge has been raising for several years now. These include the unique attributes of domestic violence offending, including the recognition of patterns of coercive nature involved in domestic violence,… Read more

Women’s Refuge welcomes Government Family and Sexual Violence Work Programme – 30 July 2015

The National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges welcomes the announcement of the government family and sexual violence work programme. “I am excited to see this commitment to action from the government and look forward to working alongside government to realise the outcomes identified,” says Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury. “Women’s Refuge agrees that a ‘planned’ response to the issue of violence within families is preferable to the current system… Read More


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