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Aviva on the Move

Aviva has moved! As of 5 July we will be operating from The Loft - the space we've co-created in Christchurch's eastern suburbs to better support vulnerable children and their families. Check out The Loft here, or come visit The Loft, Level 1, Eastgate Shopping Centre, cnr Buckleys Rd and Linwood Ave, Christchurch.

Our postal address has changed too - Postal address: P O Box 24161, Christchurch 8642. Everything else remains the same

ReachOut Wins National Policing Award

Aviva’s Reach-Out service, developed in partnership with the North Canterbury Police, recently received the Supreme Award at the national Problem-Oriented Police (POP) Awards. The awards recognise long term sustainable crime prevention and reduction. ReachOut also won the award for excellence in reducing repeat victimisations.

ReachOut was developed when North Canterbury Police recognised a gap in services to men using family violence. Police, government agencies, and non-government agencies worked together to analyse the problem and agreed that a dedicated and proactive response was required.  In early 2012 Aviva sought funding to develop and pilot that new response - ReachOut.

ReachOut ensures all men listed in Police family violence reports are contacted and offered support. Currently we employ three dedicated Family Support Workers to work with men in North Canterbury and Christchurch.

An evaluation of reoffending rates in North Canterbury, where the service was first trialled, showed that for men who had engaged with ReachOut, reoffending rates were 1.4%, compared to a reoffending rate of 18% before ReachOut's introduction - a 91% drop in family violence reoffending.

In October, Aviva and NZ Police will deliver their presentation on ReachOut at the 2016 international POP awards in Arizona, USA. 

Huge congratulations to everyone at Aviva and the NZ Police who have contributed to the success of the service and to all of the men who have used it to change their lives for the better.

Aviva CEO Nicola Woodward and Chair Darryn Russell with the awards

Aviva Named Champion Charity in Canterbury Business Awards

On 17 September 2014 Aviva was named winner in the Medium-Large Charity category of the Champion Canterbury Buisiness Awards. Having been a finalist for the two preceding years, it was wonderful to see the work the agency does, the issue of family violence and the people who are overcoming it be recognised as being so important. This really is acknowledgement of what Aviva truly believes - that change is possible and people want to back that positive aspiration. At Aviva we are very privileged to support children, women and men to change their lives for the better, every day and it is affirming to know that the Canterbury business community believes that what we do is important, and that we do it well. Thanks!

 Julie (Marketing and Funding Manager) and Nicola (CEO) accept the award from representatives of Air New Zealand and The Press

Aviva Featured as Change Maker by Glenn Inquiry

Aviva is one of three agencies in the country to be highlighted by the Glenn Inquiry as an example of positive responses to family and sexual violence and community need.

Today (3 July 2014) the Inquiry released their ‘Stories of Change, Moving Beyond Violence’, which featured those three agencies and five courageous individuals who have shared their stories of change. We invite you to watch the short (3 minute) video produced by the Glenn Inquiry to learn a little more about Aviva’s own journey of change and transformation, which focusses on the significant service innovations we have introduced since 2012 in response to our clients' evolving needs. Our story of change as captured by The Glenn Inquiry can be read here.

NILS Combat the Dangers of 'Payday Loans'

NILS (No Interest Loans) are a great alternative to payday lenders – no fees, no interest, no hidden charges. Australia’s ‘A Current Affair’ talks about the risks of payday loans and why NILS are a better alternative. How fantastic that we can now offer this option in Christchurch to people overcoming family violence through Aviva NILS!

New web resource launched in fight against sex abuse

A web portal launched in Auckland recently will provide a unique new resource for information and support for all New Zealanders affected by sexual abuse or offending.

At the launch of the new portal, called The Harbour, which has been developed in collaboration between several agencies, Hon Paula Bennett, Minister for Social Development, welcomed the initiative as a positive new response to a serious community challenge. 

“Information is a powerful tool that can help people affected by sexual violence find a way to recover, by knowing where and how to access the vital support and the services they need. The Harbour will provide a safe gateway to trusted, useful information, and is the result of another successful collaboration between government and non-government organisations.”

Jacqui Dillon, CEO of Safe Network, said, “The Harbour will be a resource for everyone affected by sexual abuse or offending, offering information and support from a single trusted source, rather than having to visit multiple different agency sites.

Visit The Harbour to find out more.


Aviva - a New Beginning for Christchurch Women's Refuge

After 40 years as Christchurch Women's Refuge, at our 40th anniversary event on 9 May 2013 we announced a new identity - Aviva. Read more about the reasons for the change here.

We were very lucky to receive sponsorship for our rebrand from some large local companies, as their way of making family violence – and everyone’s potential to overcome it – more visible in our community, and this has meant we haven’t had to divert any funds from client service.

Our thanks go to Strategy Design and Advertising; BrightSparks; Verve Digital; Activate Design; ReseachFirst; The Press; The Radio Network; Big Picture; Mediaworks and Social Foci.