Residential Advocacy & Support

Safe housing is short term emergency accommodation for women and children who are at serious risk of harm from family violence. The location is a safe secure confidential address. Access to our safe house can be through a crisis call, professional referral or self referral. An assessment will be carried out directly with the person affect by family violence to identify whether they are suitable for entry into the safe house.

1992    Battered Women’s Trust opened its first safe house catering for up to 4 families at any one time.

2010    Battered Women’s Trust relocated into the central city in a temporary safe house due to severe earthquake damage.

2014    A 5-bedroom permanent location was sourced catering for 14 beds and 2 cots. The property is securely fenced and features a new playground, a sizable grassy play area for children, a sheltered safe area for outdoor play under a permanent pergola and a vegetable garden for clients to use.

2015    Saw the opening of our Transition House catering for vulnerable women and children referred from any Refuge or Family Violence Agency in Christchurch. These clients will have completed their Crisis work in a refuge, have a Safety Plan in place and be in need of accommodation while they wait for housing to become available. They are more independent than those in a Safe House. They are able to go to work, take part in normal daily activities, the children go to school, all the while with support available to them. There is a time limit of a three-month stay, and during that time women are supported to find safe permanent housing, while making a contribution towards rental.