At Women’s Refuge we have paid and volunteer positions. We value both our paid and unpaid workers. 

Each refuge has their own criteria for how to apply for a paid or unpaid role and whom they accept. It’s best to contact your local refuge what these criteria are and if you are wanting to learn more about volunteering for us. We provide training and on-going support to assist you in learning about our organisation and the work that we do.

We are proud to have a strong commitment to both the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi Treaty of Waitangi and parallel development.
We are also fully committed to the importance of Equal Employment Opportunities.

Please note you must be living in New Zealand – and qualify to work in New Zealand – to apply for a position at Women’s Refuge.
Learn more about our values.

Current Vacancies

Research Assistant
The Research Assistant role sits within our Research and Development Hub, a business unit within NCIWR undertaking research and policy projects. Research priorities emerge in response to feedback from frontline advocates, and the Hub conducts research into otherwise little-known aspects of family violence and victims’ experiences. In recent years topics have included reproductive coercion, intimate partner stalking, and economic abuse.

We are looking for an enthusiastic research-minded individual to join our team. If you love research and making victims’ voices heard, are excellent at writing and analysing, and are passionate about eliminating family violence, this role might be for you. The work will be busy and varied, and it requires outstanding relationship management and genuine passion for the communities we serve.

This is a full-time position based in Wellington. Only applications from NZ citizens or permanent residents will be accepted for consideration.

To apply, please send us your completed application form (link below) and email it along with your cover letter and CV to

Applications for this role close at 5pm, Monday 8 February 2021.

Job Description – Research Assistant
Panui – Research Assistant
Application Form