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Ōtepoti-Dunedin Whānau Refuge advocates for women, whānau, tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth) supporting a pathway to safety, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic circumstances.

Our aim is to eliminate family violence in our community by providing support, advocacy, education, and awareness

If something does not feel right to you, then it is not OK.

Family violence can affect women of any age, with or without children.

Family violence is a pattern of power, control and coercion.

Abuse is not just physical.

Trust your intuition.

Our Values

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Ōtepoti-Dunedin Whānau Refuge vision is for our community to be empowered, thrive and live free from all forms of violence.


To provide a korowai of protection for all who reach out to us who experience family violence.


We uphold the mana of our clients by encouraging and adhering to manaakitanga to live a life free from family violence.


We facilitate a comprehensive holistic person-centered approach, walking alongside our clients focusing upon hope, where hope may not be present.


Takatāpui, LGBTQIA+ community welcomed 🌈 

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