23 Dec 2011

Women's Refuge Christmas message

6:40 am on 23 December 2011

Women's Refuge is encouraging people to offer as much support as possible during the festive season, to any woman they know in a violent relationship who's struggling to provide for her whanau.

Chief executive Heather Henare says the Christmas holidays are usually when spikes occur in domestic violence.

She says abuse thrives in secrecy and it's important for victims to open up and seek help.

Ms Henare says whanau members with concerns need to confront domestic violence and talk to victims about any help which will reduce the pressure.

She says it can be difficult for many wahine who are obligated to provide beds for an influx of visitors.

Ms Henare says anyone concerned about domestic violence should visit the Women's Refuge website, or call its toll free number.