Aviva is the new name of Christchurch Women's Refuge, which has provided specialist family violence services to women and children living with and surviving family violence service in Cantebury since 1973.
At Aviva, we help individuals and families to become - and stay - free of violence. We work with women, children 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.