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Aviva Covid-19 Emergency Appeal

$130 donated
Given by 4 generous donors in around 4 months

Aviva (formerly Christchurch Women's Refuge) supports New Zealanders become their best, free from family and sexual violence.

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Family and sexual violence will not stop for Covid-19. In fact, we have already seen an increase in incidents under the mandated lockdown. Imagine what “self-isolation” or “work from home” means for people living with violence. How the stress and fear of illness or economic instability might affect a home.

Aviva will continue to provide its services to those in need, but the necessary postponement of major fundraising events like our Annual Street Appeal presents a potential 30% loss in donations this year. Please help us to fill this gap so we can continue supporting our community during these trying times.


Aviva is a Canterbury-based, specialist family and sexual violence agency, which is dedicated to making New Zealand Aotearoa a violence-free home for all who live here. Grounded within a spirit of positivity and potential, Aviva offers an extensive range of integrated, specialist services that support all individuals and family members to overcome family and sexual violence and achieve wellbeing – together or apart.

Aviva has a long history of driving societal and social change, having been the founding refuge in New Zealand in 1973 (as Christchurch Women’s refuge). The commitment to keep improving New Zealand’s response to family violence and, ultimately to see New Zealand Aotearoa become violence-free, has driven Aviva to create a wide range of innovative services, all of which are offered in the belief that everyone has the potential to overcome the effects of inter-personal violence, with the right support. These include:

* Safety planning, advocacy and support for women, children and young people experiencing family violence

* Education programmes

* ReachOut early intervention support for men and young people causing family violence harm;

* safe@home home security upgrades;

* Specialist Peer Support;

* 24-hour Sexual Assault Support Services; and

* No and Low Interest Loans.

About us

We offer a wide range of specialist family and sexual violence services that support people to create and maintain violence-free lives. We support children, young people and adults at any point of their journey.

Use of funds

These funds will be used to maintain Aviva family and sexual violence support services and provide support to the expected influx of incidents from the Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand.

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Steph on 21 Apr 2020
Adele on 21 Apr 2020
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Guest Donor on 13 Apr 2020
Danni on 04 Apr 2020
Keep up the great work!

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