Joining forces against family violence
We are very pleased to announce that the domestic abuse charity, Shine, is to merge with Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN). From 1 July 2016 Shine will deliver services as part of PSN alongside Family Works and Enliven.
The move will help us make a bigger difference for those affected by family violence. Shine’s services keep women and children safe and help abusers change their behaviour. Family Works provides longer term counselling and social work support for families in crisis. By combining our expertise, we’ll be able to increase the wellbeing of families experiencing violence across the upper North Island.
“Domestic abuse affects far too many people in our society today,” says PSN’s Chief Executive, Dr Rod Watts. “By improving our ability to intervene and support, we will help establish safer and happier homes.”
The merge will also create opportunities to extend training and research services for others working to prevent family violence.
Shine has partnered with Presbyterian Support Northern since 2011. A Family Works staff member based at Shine works closely with Shine advocates to provide follow up counselling and social support for victims of domestic abuse.
Shine, founded in 1990, is New Zealand’s largest specialist domestic abuse charity, with 34 full time staff, additional part-time/contract staff and volunteers, and an annual budget of approximately $3 million. Shine’s services help keep adult and child victims safe and support men who have been abusive to change their behaviour. Shine also provides training and professional development, working in partnership with other organisations to improve their response to domestic abuse.
For more, see www.2shine.org.nz