Programmes & Workshops

Women's Safety Programme

The Women's Safety Programme is a Ministry of Justice approved programme for all women who choose to understand and deal with the impacts of abuse in theirs and their children's lives. 

Through this programme you will discover avenues of safety and family structures which provide for yours and your children’s well-being.

The groups are led by experienced facilitators with appropriate qualifications and in-depth understanding of the impacts of violence and abuse on women and children.

Our weekly programme provides a supportive and creative environment where you can share your stories, dreams, ideals and hopes for you and your children.  Facilitators will work with the change process to enable you to move from the family/partner dynamic of power and control to a position of empowerment and identified strengths. We also believe the knowledge you gain in these programme sessions will also be beneficial to your immediate and extended family. 

The approach to discovering your autonomy and restoration of self-esteem will be enhanced with information on:


The cycle of and effects of family violence

  • Safety planning

  • Healthy relationships

  • Men’s programme

  • Family restructuring; and

  • Legal processes which may apply. 

Following programme completion, individual review and family/whānau meetings are optional along with an opportunity to review changes in family structures and behaviour. In addition, post-programme evaluations completed by you enable our facilitators to make improvements to the programme to ensure we are continually improving our service.

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Creative Writing Programme- to delete????

The Creative Writing Programme explores different forms of creative writing, including memoir, prose, and poetry, as ways of developing confidence and self-expression. Each course produces a book of work featuring the writing of participants (anonymously, if preferred).


This five-week course offers a unique creative writing programme for women who have been affected by family violence.  Run by the Write Where You Are Trust, one afternoon a week you’ll work with a group of talented Wellington writers and teachers. Hosted at the Hutt Valley Women’s Refuge this is open to anyone may find this a constructive outlet. No previous writing experience is necessary.


The Trust has run this course since 2016 across Refuge’s in Auckland and Wellington in response to a call from women in Refuge for an opportunity to develop their reflective writing skills.