Donations called for to support women’s refuge service
It’s 3.50am on a weekday morning and Women’s Refuge worker Ann receives a call from police to come down to the station, a woman has been beaten by her husband.
This is the life of a Women’s Refuge worker, taking in women and children who have been left with battle wounds and emotional scars after becoming punching bags for their spouses.
Ann has worked in this area for more than 20 years. ‘‘Women turn up off the street and others we have to save in the middle of the night. It is a job that has no time frame, there is no 9 to 5 here.’’
The Tokoroa Women’s Refuge covers a great distance from Matamata, Tirau, Arapuni, Putaruru, Tokoroa, Atiamuri and Mangakino.
‘‘We have a safe house for our displaced families to stay until they can get on their feet. We also provide educational tools such as budgeting, family violence material and counselling.’’
To donate money to the Tokoroa Women’s Refuge, please drop into the South Waikato News offices where a donation bucket has been set up.