Shine History

Shine was founded in 1990, and since then we have grown to become the largest domestic abuse prevention service that is registered as a charitable trust in New Zealand.

We employ more than 30 fulltime staff, 60 volunteers and 20 contractors. We provide an extensive range of services, all of which set a high standard for quality and effectiveness. Many are not available elsewhere in the country. 

We are honoured to have the former Governor-General, Dame Silvia Cartwright PCNZM, DBE, QSO as our Patron since 2000. 

We were originally called Central Woman’s Refuge when this entity was formed by the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges in 1990. We were established to manage an Auckland region-wide crisis line, but in 1993 we became an independent organisation. Throughout the 1990s, our primary function was to run a crisis telephone service for the Auckland region. In the last half of the 1990s, we began to provide a 24 hour callout and advocacy service in response to police and hospital referrals in Auckland, and shortly after, began a men’s stopping violence programme, called No Excuses. 

In the decade following the year 2000, a much more expansive vision of what was possible and an opportunistic approach to making this vision reality, led to rapid growth. Shine services established during this time included KIDshine, Shine safe@home, many of our professional training programmes, and our work in the health sector – including a partnership with the Auckland District Health Board and providing family violence training nationally for District Health Boards and midwives. Also during this time, our Helpline became a national, tollfree, professionally staffed service. 

Our agency has gone through a number of name changes. In the early days, we were known as the Domestic Violence Centre, then SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families through Intervention Network), then back to Domestic Violence Centre, and later the name was changed to Preventing Violence in the Home. 

In 2009, Preventing Violence in the Home formally united with Safer Families Foundation, which had been based on Auckland’s North Shore since 1985. Safer Families Foundation had a similar philosophy and had provided similar services, and had formerly been known as North Shore Women’s Refuge. 

At the time of our merger into one organisation in 2009, we changed our name to Shine – Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday – a name which also expresses our number one goal.