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Great to see It's not OK Campaign bringing this initiative here! Leave a comment, do you think it will work in NZ?

Brad Markham: Hairdressers say 'It's not OK'

Love this quote from Alice Walker, amazing author and activist
"It didn't need to happen. People knew what was going on. The police department knew what was going on. The court system knew it was going on. Why? There's no sense in it."

A horrifying example of what can happen when victims aren't taken seriously.

Prosecutors dismissed his domestic violence charges. Then, police say, he killed his wife. - World - NZ Herald News

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Love this! Conversations around consent can be difficult, but it's so important we start early to keep our tamariki safe

consent for kids

Help kids of all ages understand how to practice consent.

If you have experienced financial or economic abuse, fill in this survey and go into the draw to win a $50 voucher!

We are trying to improve our services by finding out about the experiences of people living in New Zealand who are currently or have been in a relationship involving financial abuse. This can include confiscating your eftpos or credit card, preventing you from working,...
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Understanding the Experiences and Effects of Economic Abuse for Women in New Zealand Survey

We couldn't possibly fit all of our gratitude onto one page, but to everyone who donated gifts, clothing, food, money, or time over the holidays: you helped to make the lives of thousands of women and children a little brighter. Have a safe and happy New Year, and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Meet Shelley - the inspirational woman who's walking the length of New Zealand to raise money for us and Sustainable Coastlines.

Sponsor her journey here: [ Givealittle.co.nz Link ]
And read more about her travels here: [ Weebly.com Link ]

Shells on the Trail - Givealittle

It's not too late to drop a gift off at your local Warehouse, if you want to make Christmas a little brighter for one of the tamariki in our refuges across the country!
"He had this charm and confidence which I was initially attracted to. When we were dating I noticed ... how critical and harsh he was [to others], but ... I thought 'he will never treat me that way'.
He was also quite controlling, but at the time I saw it as 'protective'. As soon as we were married my life changed dramatically."

Family violence: Athlete's ex-wife - I kept it hidden - National - NZ Herald News

"There is a build-up to Christmas and as a kid it's meant to be exciting. Everything on television is about Christmas, my friends would be so excited but for me, and even now as an adult, it was just a time of extreme anxiety - because I knew that in my house, hell was going to ensue. It was just a horrible time of the year for us."
Nearly half of our clients are children, so we know how...
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Christmas was horrible for us - a child of family violence speaks out - National - NZ Herald News

"We know basically what sits in behind domestic violence, it's a matter of gender, power and control, but there are a whole lot of things that encourage and give it permission to appear. And those sorts of things all come together in this delightful little soup at a time like Christmas... Things like alcohol, things like spending a lot of time with your family in close proximity, having...
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Family violence: Crisis lines already spiking as refuges gear up for holidays - National - NZ Herald News

"How did I end up there?"
She is now looking forward to a Christmas without fear, threats and violence - and more importantly, the rest of her life. She has reconnected with her family and friends who she was isolated from during the relationship and now enjoys weekends instead of dreading them. This woman is no longer a victim of harm, she is a survivor"

Family violence: My fear-free Christmas - National - NZ Herald News

"With online stuff, you don't know what it's going to be or when it's going come."

Domestic online abuse victim speaks out on 'online terror campaign'

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We are so thrilled with this partnership. For every pack of BON organic tampons bought, they will donate a pack to our refuges. We could not be more grateful to be able to offer a high end, luxury brand of essential items to women in such hard circumstances.
Today we launch a shielded portal to make asking for help safer for those living in fear of a controlling partner. If you need help but are worried about your partner knowing, this is a safe way to find it. Look for the Shielded Site icon on New Zealand’s most visited sites including ASB Bank, The Warehouse, Z Energy, Sorted, and many more.

If you’re interested in adding the tab to your site...
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"Let's be clear: During my formative years, I was absolutely taught that rape was wrong, many times. But "rape" was defined as a man with a ski mask in an alley forcing himself on a stranger under the threat of violence. "Date rape" was a term I'd heard, sure, but it was either when a guy drugged a woman or got rough with her -- situations wherein she's left with a bloody lip and torn clothes.

7 Reasons So Many Guys Don’t Understand Sexual Consent

With The Warehouse's Elves on Shelves campaign, you can Drop a gift off at your local Warehouse any time in December. They will make sure it's delivered to one of the many tamariki in our care across the country.