Fundraiser for cru­cial Rod­ney ser­vice

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - DEL­WYN DICKEY

Tick­ets for the sur­real Gibbs Farm are on sale for Novem­ber 24, as a fundraiser for Hes­tia Rod­ney Women’s Refuge.

The early Christ­mas present could also help to make the fes­tive sea­son safer for women and their chil­dren liv­ing in vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tions, Hes­tia ser­vices man­ager Oriel He­sel­tine said.

In a sad irony, the sea­son of good­will also sees a spike in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Money wor­ries in the lead up to Christ­mas, spend­ing more time with fam­ily mem­bers and al­co­hol all con­trib­ute.

Hes­tia cov­ers a huge area from Maun­gatur­oto and Man­gawhai to south of the Whanga­para¯ oa Penin­sula, He­lensville and South Head.

In the year to June 2016 staff helped and sup­ported around 650 women and 775 chil­dren, a spokesper­son said.

Fewer lawyers of­fer­ing le­gal aid in the area north of Orewa, and courts be­ing cen­tralised, now sees staff trav­el­ling south to Auck­land and north to Whangarei.

Many of our fam­i­lies live in ex­treme hard­ship and have no re­sources of their own to ac­cess these ser­vices, the spokesper­son said.

Growth in the north, es­pe­cially at Mill­wa­ter and Wark­worth, has seen more use of the ser­vice. The more di­verse eth­nic makeup is also now see­ing abuse within fam­i­lies of Chi­nese and Asian de­scent com­ing to light.

The cri­sis line is avail­able 24/7, and the 0800 num­ber means a lack of mo­bile phone credit won’t be a bar­rier to call. Hes­tia re­ceived around 1160 calls on the cri­sis line.

Around 30 women and 31 chil­dren used Hes­tia’s safe house. Big rental price hikes and a short­age of healthy rental prop­er­ties saw the length of time they stay al­most dou­bling to 45 nights on av­er­age.

Given many of the women and chil­dren have had to leave vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tions with al­most noth­ing, do­na­tions of bed­ding, fur­ni­ture and other house hold goods are al­ways wel­come.

MATTHEW CATTIN/STUFF

Gibbs Farm

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