Women’s Refuge National Appeal Month under way

16/07/2018 3:58am
Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese and Nelson Women's and Children's Refuge Manager Katie O'Donnell with the Appeal Month poster.
Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese and Nelson Women's and Children's Refuge Manager Katie O'Donnell with the Appeal Month poster.

​July is Women’s Refuge National Appeal Month, with a street appeal in Richmond and Nelson the week of 16-20 July an opportunity to raise awareness of the organisation.

Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge/ Ngā Wahine Tamariki Punanga o Whakatū’s community office is at 1A Wainui Street and provides a number of services.

There is a 24/7 crisis phone line available on 0800 16 33 44. Women’s Refuge offers a confidential safe house for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

They also work with many women and children in the community who live in their own homes as well as those in the safe house.

Women’s Refuge offers support and advocacy for women and children experiencing domestic violence, including working with lawyers, Work and Income, doctors and hospitals, and linking with other government and non-government agencies.

Women’s Refuge can also provide emergency housing for families with children who are homeless and on the Housing New Zealand register.

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese donated $1000 to Women’s Refuge from the Mayor’s fund to acknowledge the birth of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford’s daughter, Neve Te Aroha. 

This reflects the generosity of spirit of the Prime Minister in making sure that all New Zealanders deserve the best support possible.