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 have been involved with Women’s Refuge for more than 30 years. I have seen it at the grass-root level and how important our work is for whanau. Our advocates work tirelessly to help wahine and tamariki deal with and escape domestic violence in their lives 24/7. We answer calls, we meet up in cafes and our community rooms throughout New Zealand. I want to see this movement grow and continue to provide this service into the future…
Kuia Nancy Mihaka (Ngati Pikiao – Rotorua; Te Arawa; Ngati Kahu; Nga puhi), 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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We’re their last hope, you’re ours; Women’s Refuge Annual Appeal cuts to chaseWednesday 6th July 2016

The theme for this year’s Women’s Refuge annual appeal highlights the increasing costs of providing services to domestic violence victims. “Our refuges are always busy through the winter months meaning more money is needed to help families wanting to live violence free lives,” says Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury. “Donated items such as furniture or clothes are helpful if we are working with families that are in immediate need of them, but our refuges often don’t have the storage room; what is most urgently needed is money to provide the services they need to keep themselves and their children safe.” … Read More

Warehouse counter sale to raise funds for Women’s Refuge – 30th May 2016

Customers of The Warehouse can do their part to support Women’s Refuge by purchasing a key ring from the counter of every The Warehouse store.  Until to 19 June 2016 funds raised, will help Women’s Refuge to continue the work they do with youth. “Over the years New Zealanders have shown tremendous support and this year, through customers’ purchasing key-rings, we’ll be able to continue the great work we do to help young people live lives free from violence”, Dr Ang Jury CEO of Women’s Refuge says… Read More

Women seeking a place free from violence can now do it safely online through The Warehouse– 17th May 2016

Women’s Refuge has teamed up with The Warehouse to launch a new tool to support victims of domestic violence seeking help, on and offline.
“We’ve noticed an increasingly disturbing trend of perpetrators using smartphones, software and apps to track and stalk women, during and after the relationship has ended. The very tools we hope would assist a woman in seeking help are being used to abuse, and we needed to do something about that,” says Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury… Read More

Women’s Refuge supports Law Commission recommendations to Self Defence Laws and FV– 12th May 2016

Responding to the release today from Justice Minister Amy Adams Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury said, “while I have yet to read a full copy of the report, the recommendations I have seen reported in the media today seem to be heading in the right direction… Read More


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Women's Refuge is a key national organisation working to end domestic violence towards women and children – and we couldn’t do it without the generous support of New Zealanders everywhere.