Series 1 Financial Abuse


Sarah (not her real name) used to be a high functioning, well paid professional. When she thought of domestic abuse she pictured scenes from the movie Once Were Warriors.
But, what she didn’t realise is that she was slowly becoming subject to extreme financial and psychological abuse by her partner. After taking a break from her career to have children, her partner began withholding access to money. Over the course of several years, things went from bad to worse. Eventually, after briefly becoming homeless, Sarah fled to a women’s refuge with her children. Three years later she’s now in housing living on a benefit and rebuilding her life.

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Woven Earth
Woven Earth
After Kerryn escaped an abusive marriage while living in Australia she discovered first-hand how hard it is for women and their children to restart their lives after leaving the sanctuary of a women’s refuge.

After moving to New Zealand with her young children she founded the Woven Earth charity. Much like in Australia, women’s refuges don’t have the money or staff to help families after they have left a refuge and secured housing. Most often these families move into their new home with little more than the clothes on their back, and with little or no resources to buy much needed household goods.
That’s where Kerryn and her team come in. They collect and store donated household goods until the moment they are needed. They then transport them to the new house and set it up for the family on the day they move in.

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