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Aviva Covid-19 Emergency Appeal

$130 donated
Given by 4 generous donors in around 7 months

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

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Even three months after lockdown, Aviva’s 0800 support line continues to receive 30% more calls for support than before lockdown began. We need your help to answer the call!

Gena* emerged from lockdown having been abused by family and friends with seemingly no way out. As soon as restrictions were lifted, she reached out to Aviva for help. By making a donation today, you ensure our 0800 support line can continue to operate 24/7 to answer Gena's call.

With our Annual Street Appeal cancelled, we expect a $25k loss in funds. We need your help to support those still living with the effects of COVID to live free from violence.


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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We Need Your Help! Aviva Annual Street Appeal Cancelled  28 August 2020

Posted by: Aviva (formerly Christchurch Women's Refuge)

The Aviva’s Annual Street Appeal has been cancelled for the second time this year due to COVID. We are not willing to put our volunteers, donors, or communities at risk during Level 2.

Unfortunately, this has left a $25,000 gap in funding and we need your help.

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