Tauranga Women's Collective
Tauranga’s support services for victims of domestic and sexual violence do their very best to support women, men, children and families to prevent violence or remove themselves from violence and find safety. Now, with assistance from Acorn Foundation donors, they will be even more capable of providing early intervention and education to prevent violence from occurring or recurring.
Previously Acorn provided funding from 2017 to 2019 to pay for a newly created role of Frontline Advocate. This person travels with police to emergency call-outs in relation to domestic violence. The trained advocate immediately puts in place risk assessment and safety planning to wrap safety around vulnerable families, and then a supported pathway to appropriate care for victims – including referral to appropriate social agencies such as Tauranga Women’s Refuge, Shakti Ethnic Women’s Refuge, BOPSASS (BOP Sexual Assault Support Services) and Living Without Violence.
This year, these four organisations received combined funding to implement a new educator role, aimed at prevention, and changing the way society views, and talks about, abuse.
In 2019, the Collective received funding from the J Chappell-Mathias, R Preston-Thomas, and Tauranga Help Funds.
It’s a great example of collaboration within a charitable sector being enabled by the collective support of a number of donors, each of whom on their own would be unlikely to achieve the same outcome.