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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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Press Release from Women's Refuge to support release of Family Violence – It's Not OK, asking for help is from The Warehouse Group

15 September, 2015
Women’s Refuge warmly welcomes today’s announcement and congratulates The Warehouse Group for being the largest New Zealand employer so far to develop comprehensive human resources policy around domestic and family violence. “To our knowledge there are only smaller operators and non-government agencies who have developed any kind of policy around domestic violence. This initiative from The Warehouse Group will not only enhance their reputation as a great employer but, critically,... 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

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