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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News

Women’s Refuge urges cross Parliament support of Domestic Violence Workplace Bill –1st December 2016

Women’s Refuge encourages Parliament to support MP Jan Logie’s Bill that calls for a law change to provide paid leave for victims of family violence. The Bill was drawn from the Ballot today and will shortly come before Parliament. “We know that family violence has a significant impact on workplaces. This is an area that Women’s Refuge has been working with various organisations to make progress in. If we are to be serious about ending the horrific family violence rates, we need to be considering every way that we can help people experiencing it. People spend eight plus hours a day at work, there is a huge potential here to support people where they are spending the largest part of their day,” says Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury… Read More

The Warehouse and Women’s Refuge launch ‘Elves on Shelves’ for women and children affected by family violence – 28 November 2016

The Warehouse is seeking kiwi ‘elves’ in its shelves this Christmas to donate much needed gifts to women and children affected by violence. The campaign launches in all 93 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. Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury says that last Christmas just under 4000 women and children across New Zealand called on the help of Women’s Refuge, nearly half of which were under the age of 18.  “Christmas is a particularly stressful time of the year for most people, and the addition of family violence can turn what is supposed to be a joyful and fun occasion in to a nightmare,” she says… Read More

Better support and services needed for perpetrators of Family Violence  25th November 2016

Women’s Refuge welcomes the findings of the Issues Paper, Responding to perpetrators of family violence. The paper published today by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse calls for improved responses to perpetrators of family violence. “If we’re to be serious about addressing the atrocious rates of violence, we need to making sure there are comprehensive services that respond to the cause of family violence; the perpetrators,” says Chief Executive of Women’s Refuge Dr Ang Jury.

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

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