March 09, 2018
Waikato refuge charts own course
A new documentary will give people an inside in how Waikato Women’s Refuge – Te Whakaruruhau has changed how domestic violence is tackled in its rohe.
220 Miles – the title is a reference to the length of the Waikato River – will premiere at an event in Hamilton next Wednesday.
Refuge founding member and chief executive Ruahine Albert says it celebrates the bravery, collaboration and generosity behind the refuge, which started in a one-bedroom flat 30 years ago.
Te Whakaruruhau now operates six safe houses and 24/7 crisis service heling an estimate 100 women and children a week.
The documentary highlights the refuge’s integrated approach to family violence by knitting together government and non-government agencies – Police, Ministry for Children, Corrections, Health, specialist family violence groups and kaupapa Maori services.
A service that sets Waikato Women’s Refuge apart from other New Zealand refuges is that their work is family-centred and includes working with men who are willing to change.
The Waikato Women’s Refuge supports women of all ethnic backgrounds and is not connected with the national women’s refuge collective; therefore, the refuge relies on local support.
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