Safer, in Your Own Home

We believe that the safest place for all people should be their homes. To achieve that, we must enable homes to become violence-free.

For many years, the pathway from family violence to safety has required adults and children experiencing violence to move to alternative accommodation.

If accessing a safe house, that usuaslly requires a traumatised person/s, to leave familiarity of their home, neighbourhood, school and/or work. We don't think that's the best answer, or a fair one.

Shine [email protected] Canterbury: A different response to safety

Shine [email protected] is an adaptation of a service developed in 2008 by Auckland-based agency Shine. Shine [email protected] aims to enable adults and children at risk of repeat family violence to remain safely at home and in a familiar environment, rather than enter a Safe House or other temporary accommodation.

We make assessments within 48 hours of a referral by one of our team. Then, we'll make your home safer by installing a range of practical security measures which may include security lighting and alarms; door and window restrictors, peepholes; or creating an internal safe room. Once secured, the house is visited by the NZ Fire Service to ensure that exits are still accessible and install smoke detectors.

Delivered in Canterbury by Aviva, Shine [email protected] offers adults and children the choice of remaining in a physically safe home, connected with supportive friends and family within their own community. At the same time you'll receive specialist support and advice to move towards a life free from violence. 

Read how Karen became safer thanks to Shine [email protected] after leaving an obsessive relationship. 

Read more about Aviva's Shine [email protected] service here.