Real love doesn't hurt.

“I knew about Women’s Refuge from when I was young. Mum took my brother and I there. It kept us all safe, and I remember we always had good kai there.”

When someone who is supposed to love you controls you by hurting you physically, psychologically or sexually, he or she is abusing you. Abuse is a crime, even when it takes place in your family, whānau or relationship.

Women’s Refuge helps young people identify, escape and shelter from abuse, so you can be safe, love life and experience all the world has to offer – including real love.