We are an independent organisation affiliated to National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges (NCIWR). We work alongside our sister refuge Te Whare Rokiroki, Māori Women’s Refuge to ensure a safe and appropriate service for all women and children experiencing domestic violence. We are a non-government, not-for-profit organisation. Our services are confidential and we support women whether they choose to leave or stay in a relationship. Our underlying philosophies are based on a commitment to freedom from all forms of oppression. We support the full diversity of our community and support their decisions around sexuality, identity and the diversity of cultural practices, values and beliefs.
Wellington Women’s Refuge emerged in the 1970’s as a response from feminist groups to the issue of domestic violence. Registering as an incorporated society in 1978 we have now been providing services to women and children in the Wellington Community for over 35 years. During this time the public has undergone a shift in attitude from domestic violence being considered a private matter to an increased understanding that domestic violence is a community concern.
Many committed women have given time and energy to the Wellington Women’s Refuge Collective, providing support and advocacy for women and children experiencing domestic violence. The inspiration for our work comes from the strength, dignity and spirit of all survivors of abuse; while we can walk alongside, it is each woman who takes the steps on her journey to live free from abuse.
Vision: All women & children living free from fear and violence.
Mission: Intervention, prevention and advocacy for all women and children experiencing domestic violence.
Community Office: 44 Wigan Street, Te Aro Wellington
Postal address: PO Box 11985, Wellington 6142
Phone: 04 3851012 (office) or 04 473 6280 (24-hour support line) or 0800 REFUGE (733 843)