Women’s Refuge weaving lives back together

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This year’s Women’s Refuge New Zealand annual appeal highlights the increasing cost of providing services to domestic violence victims. Gore Women’s Refuge manager Hannah Bain said while the services the refuge provided were funded by the government, there was still a shortfall. ‘‘Family violence is one of the most serious social issues inNew Zealand,’’ Miss Bain said. ‘‘One in three women in New Zealand will experience an abusive relationship in their lifetime,’’ she said. ‘‘Our work at Gore Women’s Refuge has become more and more complex. We work more holistically with families, youth and children to promote safe and healthy relationships.’’ Victims of violence often faced financial hardship as a result of the offending. The Gore Women’s Refuge had four social workers and four volunteers working with victims, and Miss Bain said they were always looking for more volunteers. The Gore Women’s Refuge had a board with seven members, including two males, who had different areas of strengths and expertise. Women’s Refuge New Zealand’s annual appeal collection day would be held on Friday, July 29. Collectors would be out on the street throughout the day. Donations were welcome throughout the month at the Gore Women’s Refuge office or at numerous collection buckets at several businesses throughout the town, Miss Bain said. The refuge was also supporting the One Million Stars to End Violence project, which was created by artist and weaver Maryann Talia Pau, of Australia. The public were invited to help weave a million stars before July 2017 where the stars from throughout the world would come together as one installation at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Gore Women’s Refuge was hosting an open day for the community to weave a star on Friday, July 29, from 10am to 2pm, at its office on Main St.