30 Jul 2011

Women's Refuge unable to get funding for Cup campaign

3:27 pm on 30 July 2011

Women's Refuge says it can't get funding for a campaign to help women in danger of violence during the Rugby World Cup.

Chief executive Heather Henare says there's no recognition that violence toward women and children is likely to increase during the tournament.

She says $382,000 was cut from the organisation's baseline funding in the May 2011Budget and Women's Refuge has been trying for several months to get funding to let women know how to contact refuges by putting leaflets in public toilets and bars.

Ms Henare says studies show that the rate of testosterone-, alcohol- and drug-fuelled violence increases during international sporting events.

She says the extra money would have helped refuges to increase staffing on match evenings and be available to work with police.

Ms Henare says she's only been able to organise for emergency services to collect data during the tournament to provide evidence for the future about violence levels.

She says refuge waiting lists may be necessary as a last resort, as motel accommodation will not be available during the tournament.