Creating Environments for Positive Change
Home & Family traces its roots back to Christchurch in 1898 when it was established as the Society for the Protection of Women and Children. The Society was authorised to collect and disburse maintenance money to wives and children separated from their husbands and fathers. The Society successfully bid to include the act of incest in the Crimes Act in 1900, raised the age of consent from 14 to 16, and in 1940, the Society made efforts to improve State maternity services and the inclusion of women in the workforce. These actions bought about significant social change and undoubtedly altered today’s society for the better. This family focused, forward thinking still drives Home & Family today.
Over 100 years later, Home & Family builds safe and secure families by providing counselling and practical life skills to families and children. This support continues for as long as the family needs it, with contact often continuing for years after families have moved on from directly accessing Home & Family’s services.