At just 21 years of age, Rosemary Howard co-founded the first women's refuge in Christchurch, which was quickly inundated with victims of domestic abuse, uncovering a little known problem. It was the first women’s refuge in New Zealand and the third in the Western world.
Renamed Aviva in 2013, the refuge is still providing essential support to women. Rosemary has continued her work in women’s liberation throughout her life alongside, more lately, teaching at Tamesa. She will explain how the first women’s refuge started, what happened as a result of the unexpected lifting the lid on domestic violence and the myths surrounding that violence that kept women enslaved.
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