Women's Refuge in Christchurch says lack of accomodation for violent men is leading to some of them defying court orders and returning home.
The group, which is now operating as Aviva Now, says the earthquakes have made it hard to find accomodation for men. It wants a residential home established in the city.
Chief executive Nicola Woodward says a six month study revealed 94% of the men surveyed said it would help them stick to their court orders if they had accommodation.
She says the refuge will look at what type of accommodation, as well as other support, there should be to support families.