Hastings Women's Refuge is Struggling for Survival

Hastings Women’s Refuge is at breaking point.

When more is being done to raise awareness about domestic violence to support and encourage people to get help, we should not be making it harder on Women’s Refuge to do their job.

For decades this vital service has been helping women, children and keeping families safe across all our local communities. Now they need us to stand up and help them.

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Julie Hart, Manager of the Hastings Women’s Refuge with Anna Lorck
Photo: Sarah Cates

The Hastings refuge, one of three in Hawke’s Bay, always has the highest demand. It services the greatest area including Clive, Havelock North, Hastings, Flaxmere, Central Hawke’s Bay and the rural districts, and is struggling the most. Despite this unprecedented pressure, Hastings gets the same base funding which under the National Government is now $35,000 less than in 2009. 

It is unacceptable that our Women’s Refuge is being forced to do more with less. 

This is yet another example of the Government leaving our local community to pick up the pieces. For the first time the Hastings District Council has given the refuge $20,000.

Last year Hastings Women’s Refuge advocated for 109 women, housed 93, dealt with 523 police reports, received 2,432 calls on its information and support line, gave 54 women specialised one-to-one support and put 53 children through its Tamariki programme.

Hastings Women’s Refuge needs an army of supporters to help them fund raise and to put public pressure on the Government so Women’s Refuge has the funding support it needs to do their job.

If you would like to support Hastings Women’s Refuge, you can make a donation at their Give A Little page:

https://explore.givealittle.co.nz/search?q=hastings+womens+refuge