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Which six will it be?

Which six will it be?

Did you know that 1 child dies at the hands of a family member in NZ, every 5 weeks? You probably agree that these statistics are horrendous, and you aren’t alone.

At Shine, our experienced professionals are working directly with the victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse, and it’s our goal to combat this overwhelming problem.

Our Shine Advocates visit victims in their home, in hospital or at a police station, providing immediate support and information. During this visit, the Advocate can talk to the victim about her options and help her to work out how to best keep herself and her children safe. The advocate will also make any urgent referrals to other services such as a lawyer, a court victim advisor or women’s refuge.

“I once met with a woman who, along with her three small children, had been taken to a local police station, after being beaten by her partner. He had left the house after the incident so the police had been unable to find and arrest him. The victim was terrified of returning to her home, and had nowhere safe to stay with her children that night. It was after midnight and we were unable to get her into a local refuge. I talked to my manager, and we agreed that the only safe option was for Shine to pay for a motel room for her and her children for the night, and then we could find safe accommodation for them the following day.” – Shine Advocate

It costs approximately $175 for a Shine Advocate to work with a victim of domestic abuse. And sadly, right now, we just don’t have enough funding to get to all of the victims that urgently need us.

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If you and 6 of your friends each gave $25 right now, that would pay for one victim and her family to be helped to safety by a Shine Advocate.

This really is life or death. Every 3 weeks, a New Zealand woman is killed by a family member.

Living in fear of being hurt or killed is torment. But add to that the fear of your children also being hurt or killed, makes it a living hell. Unfortunately, many victims do not know how to leave, so they need our courageous and experienced advocates to help them.

Please will you give $25 right now, and then forward this email to 6 of your friends, challenging them to do the same?

To donate your $25 now, follow this link: http://www.2shine.org.nz/donate-now

The victim whose life you are saving will never be able to thank you personally, but as one of our clients said:

“I wanted to say thank you for caring enough about me to give me the knowledge I needed to get out. I could not have done it without you.” – Shine client (victim of domestic abuse who is now safe).

Thank you so much for your generosity.

Jane Drumm
Executive Director

PS: Don’t forget to forward this to 6 of your friends and challenge them to give $25 too. Your friends can also challenge 6 of their friends, meaning another victim will be helped.

Shine (Safer Homes In New Zealand Everyday) is a leading national agency helping women, children and men get out of the cycle of domestic abuse and giving them the chance of a better, safer future. www.2shine.org.nz


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