Do­na­tions called for to sup­port women’s refuge ser­vice

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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