Trish arrived at RAW in March 2017 after serving a 3 year prison term for drug-related crimes, but her journey with RAW has been different for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Hamilton was her place of offending so she didn’t have the opportunity of relocating away from her past. Secondly, apart from a three-month period, she has remained living in the RAW homes since her release. Today, Trish oversees all the comings and goings at the RAW homes and is the RAW onsite representative for any issue resolution. Read the full story here.
Ina’s Journey with RAW began in September 2015, just six months after RAW started working with female recidivist offenders. Despite her full-time participation in the programme ending in August 2016, Ina has maintained her connection with RAW and is considered one of RAW’s early and enduring success stories. Ina’s life today is what most New Zealanders would describe as normal, but to Ina, it’s both surreal and complete. Read Ina’s full story here.
Gina was the very first woman to join the RAW Programme back in March 2015 after a life of sexual abuse, loss, domestic violence, and drugs placed her on a pathway to prison. Six years on, there is a different woman that stands before us, and RAW has been right there beside her as she has reclaimed herself and redesigned her destiny. Read Gina’s full story here.
RAW has made restarting life simple and achievable with endless support in all different areas, especially regarding my family situation. They hear what you hold close to your heart and move mountains to see you succeed. With their endless support, all the goals I set 15 months ago have been achieved!
Maddy joined the RAW programme in May 2018 after serving just under two years of her sentence for aggravated robbery. Two years on from leaving RAW, Maddy’s world is close to perfect. The final hurdle will be getting her eldest daughter back early next year, and then she will have exactly what she always wanted – a normal life. Read Maddy’s full story here.
Kylie joined the RAW programme in June 2017, after serving 15 months in prison. It was to be the beginning of the end of a lifetime spent in and out of youth detention centres, abusive relationships, and drug and alcohol addiction both across Australia and New Zealand. Kylie distinctly remembers the day she met Rebecca inside – “I felt an instant connection, and when she said that RAW would never give up on me and that they would walk alongside me, I felt like all my prayers had been answered.” Kylie stayed in the RAW programme for nine months before branching out on her own in 2018. Two years on, and Kylie’s life is exactly where she wants it to be. Read Kylie’s full story here.
The advice about coming to RAW is give it my best. As a lifer coming back to the community is a privilege and I humbly accept the support RAW provides.
Petra’s childhood was a story of abandonment and violence until she was old enough to rebel against those who were hurting her. It started with drugs, gangs and violent relationships, and ended with the silence of prison. Going back to that life was no longer an option, but going it alone wasn’t either. That’s when RAW entered the room. Read Petra’s full story here
For Lynda, a childhood filled with the most unbelievable levels of physical, sexual and mental abuse quite naturally led to an adulthood immersed in violence, gangs, drugs and ultimately prison. It was during her last stint in prison, however, that Lynda decided two things; firstly, that she was never going back to prison again, and secondly, that RAW sounded like the place she needed to be part of. Ever since Lynda’s journey with RAW has been a series of zig-zags that have seen her come and go in response to the ebbs and flows in her life. Lynda is once again on her way back home (to RAW) ready to start 2021 with a renewed commitment to herself and her study. “I’ve got to go back to go forward.” Read Lynda’s full story her
It started at the age of four and continued until she was 50, a lifetime of sexual abuse, violence and addiction. Kath was so tightly locked in the grip of intergenerational cycle of disadvantage that it wasn’t until her desperate plea for help landed her in prison that she finally started getting the help she need to. Today Kath is rebuilding a new life of independence and sobriety with RAW. Read Kath’s full story here.
Raised in the embrace of her local marae, Noreen’s early childhood was a place of love and belonging until her father’s sudden death at the age of seven. Almost overnight, her life changed to one of struggle, abuse, addiction, and gangs. In 2018 Noreen was sent to prison for assault with grievous bodily harm and the cycle was disrupted. Inside Noreen finally got access to the support and counselling that she needed to heal the wounds of her seven year old self. Read Noreen’s full story here.
Birdie’s life story is one of deep-seated neglect, violence, addiction and recidivism. In fact, almost her entire adult life has been spent behind bars and as a result, Prison felt more certain and manageable than the outside world ever did. In 2019, Birdie took a leap of faith and decided to try something different. She made RAW her parole address and RAW’s Te Aroha property her home for 16 months. Read Birdie’s full story here.
RAW is a safe, stable and secure environment where I can learn to live and practise a pro-social lifestyle.
Krystals world in 2021 is overflowing with energy and optimism for the year ahead and gratitude for everything she has achieved. The Krystal of today is unrecognisable from the girl that Annah sat down with at her cafe seven years ago; the very same girl, in fact, that led Annah to set up the RAW charity in the first place. Back then, Krystal would have been described as a wild child. A meth user, a working girl, and a young mother who had only just escaped with her life from a violent relationship. Read Krystal’s full story here.