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There are no ‘shades of grey’ in domestic violence

I’m going to be really honest and tell you l have not read Fifty Shades of Grey.   I tried.  God knows I tried.  But I couldn’t get past the contract. In fact, I threw it across the room in disgust. We know people went crazy for the books and the hype for the movie is […]

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In her truth

  The following was forwarded to us. We have permission to share it with you anonomously on this White Ribbon Day and hope that the story of this woman, from our community, encourages others to stand in their truth. Locations and names have been omitted at the writers request and protect the anonymity of others […]

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Where the bloody hell were ya?

Firstly, a warm and humble thank you to Kate Sheppard, her Tangata Whenua suffragette sister; Meri Te Tai Mangakahia and the many women who stood with them in order for women in this country to have the basic freedom of having a voice in the democratic process of this country. Without these women, women in […]

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It’s in your hands!

Like so many people, our team was saddened to hear of the brutal slaying of two women in Ranui, West Auckland, earlier this week. We were not surprised to learn yesterday that it has been reported that a current protection order was in place for one of those women and that the respondent is the […]

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Beauty and the Trolls

In the wake of Charlotte Dawson’s untimely and tragic death and the hypocrisy we’ve seen displayed in the media and by those who have most probably previously slated her, and some who still continue to do so, we feel that it’s appropriate to make a stand. The underlying horizontal hostility in some opinion pieces. The […]

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Here’s hoping for Silent nights this Christmas!

As Christmas approaches us and Refuge services are in demand right across the Auckland region and indeed throughout the country, Eastern Refuge want to remind all of our whanau to have a safe and violence free festive season. Family violence doesn’t stop just because it’s Christmas. Children still feel unsafe in their own homes. Women […]

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White Ribbon: Don’t let ‘if only’ be all you have left to say

It was difficult to listen to David White at the White Ribbon event in Manukau today. It was difficult because his voice broke several times during his address.  The raw emotion that he so humbly shared with the crowd was both poignant and honest. His pain and his determination to make a difference by sharing his […]

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Who blurred the lines?

We, like the rest of the nation were outraged at the breaking news this week regarding a group of young men calling themselves “Roastbusters” These young men, who appear to think they are ‘the man’ by stupefying and raping underage girls, clearly have a warped sense of reality, as well as misogynistic and deviant behaviors […]

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