What we do

Keeping women and children safe

As an independent community organisation we work at many levels. From our contact with individuals and families through to involvement with local community and government agencies, we strive to help prevent and stop domestic violence.

How we can prevent domestic violence…

Women’s Refuges around New Zealand provide:

  • education programmes and support services, information and safe housing to women, young people and children experiencing abuse
  • advice to their concerned friends and family members.

Learn more about our services which may help you or someone you know experiencing abuse right now. You can also download free factsheets and information or purchase resources we produce.

…and effect positive change

With four decades’ experience working directly in the field of domestic violence while providing policy advice and advocacy on domestic violence in New Zealand, we’re widely regarded as experts on the subject. Our policy work means that we offer advice and make submissions to the government, plus we collaborate with other non-government organisations, and produce original research.

An important aspect of our work is raising awareness, while raising vital funds. We do this by staging public campaigns, encouraging payroll giving and maintaining and nurturing a database of regular donors.

We also create awareness about domestic violence by providing expert comment to the media, issuing media releases, and attending conferences and events such as the Parachute music festival to offer information, workshops and seminars.

You can book a speaker for your group, school or workplace with Women’s Refuge, or book training packages for government agencies and organisations.