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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News

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

Women’s Refuge clarifies information about abuse allegations– 11 May 2016

Women’s Refuge is anxious to clarify allegations currently circulating in the media about the abuse suffered by Moko Rangitoheriri prior to his death. It has been reported that Moko’s sister disclosed to a Women’s Refuge social worker that he (Moko) was being abused by Tania Shailer the caregiver of both children. “This is untrue,” says Chief Executive of Women’s Refuge Dr Ang Jury… Read More

Women’s Refuge congratulates Judge Becroft– 4th May 2016

“A compassionate Judge, a thoughtful and caring man, and someone who can take us into a safer future for our nations’ women and children,” is how Chief Executive of Women’s Refuge Dr Ang Jury describes the appointment of Judge Andrew Becroft in his appointment as future Children’s Commissioner… Read More

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