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Our events raise awareness about the serious issue of domestic violence in New Zealand, let women who are victims of abuse know about our services, and help raise the funds vital for our work making life safer for women and their children.

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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

Women’s Refuge and The Warehouse raise funds for youth development programme

28 July 2015
Lens cloths sold over the counters at The Warehouse will help to make a huge contribution to the Women’s Refuge this year. During the first three weeks of June, The Warehouse sold lens cleaning cloths to raise funds towards the Women’s Refuge Shero youth development programme. More than $130,000 in proceeds from the sales will help Women’s Refuge contribute to its prevention work with young people around ways to help them learn about the warning signs of unhealthy relationships... Read more


Latest events

Women's Refuge Annual Awareness and Appeal Spokesperson 2015

Wednesday, 1 July 2015
July 1st, is the first day of Women’s Refuge Annual Awareness and Appeal Month. We welcome Miss Ceri McVinnie as our spokeswoman this year. Ceri is Miss Tourism International New Zealand 2015 and tonight on Seven Sharp on TV One you will hear her story of surviving domestic violence. July will be full of events, media stories and street collections as Women’s Refuges throughout New Zealand raise money for their essential services. If you want to donate to our annual appeal visit (fundraising... Read more

Warehouse to help Women's Refuge

Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Warehouse to help Women's Refuge.An opportunity from The Warehouse to sell fundraising items on its counter for three weeks will make a huge contribution to Women’s Refuge this year.In the first three weeks of June, The Warehouse is selling lens cleaning cloths to raise funds towards Women’s Refuge, youth programme Shero. Profits from the counter sales will allow Women’s Refuge to work with youth organisations and schools to educate young people to become more confident, more assertive... Read more

See the Kate Sheppard statue at Tin Palace Arts Space, Lyttelton

Sunday 8 March - Sunday 12 April
Lyttelton’s Tin Palace gallery celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March with the unveiling of a sculpture of Kate Sheppard as part of its Through the Glass Ceiling exhibition. Commissioned by Women’s Refuge and designed and constructed by Propellor Studios in Wellington last year the sculpture is on display in Te Waipounamu/the South Island for the first time since the work was launched amid controversy in September last year.The opening celebration at Tin Palace included... Read more