March 06, 2015
Refuge to head home safety service
A $3.6 million contract from the Justice Ministry to tackle domestic violence has gone to Nga Whare Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa – National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges in partnership with Shakti New Zealand and the Pacific Island Safety and Prevention Project.
Women's Refuge acting chief executive Cheryl Gibbs says having 41 refuges around the country means it is well placed to run the National Home Safety Service.
She says the partnership will effectively integrate domestic violence expertise with culturally appropriate responses for Maori, Pacific and migrant women.
While Refuge is most commonly recognised for its response in emergencies, it also does a lot of work on prevention and stopping re-victimisation.
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