Butterflies highlight abuse

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Mid Canterbury Federation of WI president Mavis Wilkins, left, and Dianne Carter with the hundreds of white butterflies representing Mid and South Canterbury's known domestic violence cases.

Hundreds of white butterflies representing domestic violence cases in Mid and South Canterbury, flew their way to Wellington to become part of a national display.

The display, set up by the New Zealand Federation of Women’s Institutes (WI) members at their annual meeting last week, included white butterflies for the number of domestic violence cases from around the country; red butterflies represented deaths as a result of domestic violence.

The butterfly display has been added to by each of the country’s representative federations.

Mid Canterbury Federation of WI president Mavis Wilkins said there were 268 clients of Women’s Refuge in the Mid and South Canterbury district, involving 350 children, and those were just the ones who had sought help.

It’s quite a disturbing numbers from the start, Mrs Wilkins said.

The butterflies were being placed on the teal coloured cloth of the WI to highlight national domestic violence statistics and raise awareness.