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Our Programmes

Eastern Refuge believes that education programmes are an important tool in breaking the cycle of violence within our families and society. We provide comprehensive programmes and help for domestic violence to women in both residential and community-based care.

We are committed to providing education programmes and training packages that promote safe and supportive family relationships and help to break the cycle of violence.

We seek to develop our programmes further to meet the needs of our community.

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Programmes for women

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is a Ministry of Justice approved programme for women who are in, or who have been in physically or emotionally abusive relationships. During the programme, women learn about the causes and effects of abuse, and develop knowledge that will increase their self-empowerment and self-esteem. They also acquire tools to enhance the skills and strengths to achieve a violence-free lifestyle and develop a safety plan. This group offers help for domestic violence victims and a safe place where they can talk about their situation in a supportive and non-judgmental environment and have support for making changes.

Residential Programmes

We also offer residential programmes for those women in residential care. These programmes cater to the needs of those women in residence at any one time and are subject to change, depending on need and demand. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Parenting Toolbox 
  • Budgeting
  • Cooking
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Interview and Employment Skills
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Programmes for children

Mana Tamariki This unique Minitry of Justice programme is designed to help children aged 5 to 16 years in meaning making of their whanau/family violence experience, learn ways of keeping themselves safe, and to assist them in the healing process so they can move forward in a positive direction. 

Play is the work of a child. This is a child focused programme that will be tailored to your child’s needs and interests. Activities may include: 

  • Sand tray and symbols 
  • Clay 
  • Paint 
  • Drawing and art materials 
  • Stories 
  • Worksheets 
  • Interactive materials 
  • Food and cooking 
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