Aviva's Story of Change

Aviva is one of three agencies in the country to be highlighted by The Glenn Inquiry into family violence and child abuse as an example of innovation in response to community need. The Inquiry's ‘Stories of Change, Moving Beyond Violence’, also features five courageous individuals who have shared their stories of change. We invite you to watch the 3 minute video produced by the Inquiry to learn a little more about Aviva’s journey of change and transformation.

What we do

Aviva is the name and face of what was Christchurch Women's Refuge.

At Aviva, we help individuals and families to become - and stay - free of violence. We work with children, women and men, giving each person the support they need, when they need it, to become safe and live free of family violence.

All our services are headed by qualified staff and may be supported by individuals who have undergone their own journeys of change. We offer a non-judgemental, caring space where we help people first to become safe, and then to flourish.