Pressure on women's refuges after quake

10:26 pm on 14 March 2011

Wellington Women's Refuge says pressure on housing created by the Christchurch earthquake will make it harder for women to leave violent relationships.

Education coordinator Eleanor Butterworth says refuges are often a bridge between the family home and the place women find to build a new life for themselves and their children.

She says the flow of people from Christchurch into all available places makes it hard to move women on.

Ms Butterworth says about 10% of women and children in Wellington's refuges are Maori, and the percentage is higher in other refuges.