In 1971, a small group of eight women in Ōtepoti, Dunedin started meeting to discuss the new ideas of the Women’s Liberation Movement. They called themselves the Dunedin Collective of Women (DCW).
They began a consciousness-raising process among themselves; two of the original eight members had had experience of consciousness-raising groups in the States.
Most of the feminist literature at the time came out of the United States and the key concerns of the DCW reflected those of the Women’s Liberation Movement:
Rape Crisis began in Dunedin in 1980 after a meeting on Women and Violence.
Once a group of women had prepared themselves to become informed and effective Rape Crisis counsellors, a telephone support service began operating in 1981.
A chronological list of how Rape Crisis Dunedin developed and has grown through the years is listed below: