Waikato Women's Refuge is part of a pilot programme aimed at enabling multi-agency collaboration to make a real difference in the lives of whānau experiencing family violence.
Do you have second hand furniture that could benefit a local woman in need? Or good quality preloved clothing, bedding and linen to help a deserved family make a new home?
A shortage of rental housing in Hamilton is impacting on the ability of Waikato Women's Refuge to continue helping victims of family violence.
When Jane Cook left her abusive husband, she jumped in her car with just the clothes on her back.
Judi Lady Gallagher has been named Waikato Women's Refuge's first-ever patron.
Gallagher said she was overwhelmed and humbled to be asked to be a part of the refuge.
"I'm actually very honoured that they've asked me," she said.