Wellington Women's Refuge
What we do
Wellington Women’s Refuge has been providing services to women and children in the Wellington Community for over 30 years.
We work alongside our sister refuge Te Whare Rokiroki who provides refuge services to Māori women and children.
Our services are confidential and we support women whether they choose to leave or stay in a relationship.
All women & children living free from fear and violence.
Intervention, Prevention and Advocacy for all women and children experiencing domestic violence.
We work with women and their children who have or who are experiencing domestic violence. Domestic violence involves one person dominating and controlling another person in a relationship. This can include a range of power and control tactics and may not always involve physical violence; the abuse does not have to be physical violence for someone to access our service.
The women we work with are from a range of ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds.
The area we cover is Wellington city and surrounding suburbs; up to but not including Newlands/Johnsonville which is covered by Porirua Refuges and Petone which is covered by Hutt Refuges.
Wellington Women’s Refuge provides support, information and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence; walking alongside and empowering them to make safe decisions for their future. We believe in women making their own decisions and don’t put pressure on them to take steps they are not ready to or don’t want to. We will refer to other agencies as required and support with services such as Police, lawyers, courts, housing, Work & Income. We provide women and their children with the option of a safe place to stay, and also support women and their children in the community. We operate a community office and a 24 hour crisis telephone line assisted by a roster of volunteers responding to the crisis line outside working hours.
How to refer:
We are a free and accessible service; we don’t have waiting lists for our crisis and social work support services. We take self-referrals as well as those that come from other people such as agencies, Police, family and friends. To make a referral simply phone the crisis line or office.
We also provide a range of education programmes including community education, and programmes for women and children who have experienced or witnessed abuse.
Our women’s programme is a 14-session therapeutic education programme for survivors of domestic violence, it supports women to understand the impacts of abuse, rebuild self esteem and set goals for the future.
If you would like any more information about Women’s Programme contact Rita on 04 3851012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The tamariki programme is a ten-session programme for primary school age children focussing on what abuse looks and feels like, keeping safe and developing positive communication skills for sharing feelings.
If you would like any more information about Tamariki Programme contact Jo on 04 3851012 or email email@example.com
Our contact details
Street Address: Community Office
Level 2, 44 Wigan Street
Phone: (04) 385 1012 (Office) or 04 473 6280 (Crisis) or 0800 REFUGE (0800 733 843)
PO Box 11985
Who to contact
Philippa McAtee, Manager
Our email address for general enquiries or referrals