Links

Here are some contacts and information sources that you may find useful.

 

Police

 

Christchurch Police

Phone:  03 363 7400

New Zealand police have developed a series of videos that take a step-by-step look at what happens when a person reports a sexual assault to Police.

 

Support Services

 

Safe to Talk

Safe to Talk is a 24/7 sexual harm helpline that offers free confidential contact with trained specialists, they can help connect you to support services (including the Cambridge Clinic) in your community. You can contact them by phone, webchat, text or email.

 

SAATsLink

Our service spans the Canterbury and West Coast regions. If you are outside of these regions, there are similar services operating throughout New Zealand, the SAATSLink website will help you find your nearest sexual assault medical service.

 

Sexual Assault Support Service Canterbury (SASSC)

Provides 24/7 sexual assault support, access to counselling (both ACC and non ACC), support for parents/whanau of children who have been sexually abused, support and advocacy services and community education and resources.

Phone: 03 377 5402

 

AVIVA

Aviva provides specialist family violence services to women and children living with and surviving family violence service. They have a free 24 hour support line.

Phone: 0800 AVIVA NOW  (0800 28482 669)

E-mail: enquiries@avivafamilies.org.nz

 

Fight Sexual Abuse NZ

Offering a support network for sexual abuse survivors.

 

0800 What’s Up?

A safe place for kids and teens to talk about anything at all (phone or online). If you don’t feel like talking then the website provides lots of useful information on topics including: Mental health, bullying, cyberbullying, pornography, grief and loss, friendships, dating, family violence.

 

Youthline

A collaboration of youth development organisations across the country. Offer a number of flexible counselling (phone, text, email, web-chat) and mentoring options.

 

Kidsline

A 24/7 helpline for children and teens, run by specially trained youth volunteers. If you want to talk about how you’re feeling, or what’s going on in your life call Kidsline. They won’t tell you what to do, just listen, and help you explore and support you to figure out your options, or help you see things in a different way.

Phone:0800 54 37 54

 

Male Survivors Sexual Abuse Trust

Providing one-to-one support, peer support, group peer support, and support for parents and partners of survivors.

Phone: 03 377 6747

 

Living Well

Living Well is an Australian service, and resource, that provides information, encouragement and support to men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or adulthood sexual assault. The Living Well website is designed to act as a collection point for information and resources that are useful for men who have been subjected to sexual violence and their supporters. It has over one hundred articles providing information, support, self help, research analysis and professional development.

 

1 in 3 Be Free

‘1 in 3 Be Free’ is a mobile application to help women screen their relationships for abuse and connect them with support networks nearby

 

Medical Care Services

 

Family Doctors

It is recommended that everyone is enrolled with a General Practice. Sexual health assessments are free for all patients under 21 years.  Your General Practice team will likely be your first point of contact for health advice or care. The Canterbury District Health Board website will tell you about the benefits of enrolling with a General Practice and help you find your nearest service.

 

Sexual Health Centre (CDHB)

Free sexual health assessment, treatment, advice,

312-314 Riccarton Road, Christchurch

Phone: 03 364 0485

 

Christchurch Family Planning

Contraception and sexual health assessment.

9 Washington Way, Christchurch 8011

Phone: 03 379 0514

 

298 Youth Health Centre

Provides free Medical and Counselling sessions for young people 10 – 24 years of age.

We also have Youth and Social Workers who can help you with accommodation, work or training, and advocate for you in the community.

Open Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 5pm (clinical hours vary)

Unit 5-25 Churchill Street, Central Christchurch, 8013

Phone: 03 943 9298

Txt 022 081 2991

Facebook – 298 Youth Health (Facebook messages are checked regularly and we aim to reply within 24 hours on weekdays, but if it’s urgent, try calling or texting instead)

Website – www.298.org.nz

 

New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC)

NZPC advocates for the human rights, health and well-being of all sex workers. The Christchurch Community Base  has regular sexual health clinics and counselling sessions for sex workers.

157 Waltham Rd, Sydenham

 

Counselling

 

Lifeline

Free 24 Hour Phone Counselling

Phone: 0800 543 354

 

ACC 

To find a ACC registered Counsellor

 

START

Specialist counselling for children, youth, and adults who have been subject to sexual crime, alongside support for their whānau. Also consultation and education.

Phone: 03 355 4414

 

Supporting Others Who Have Experienced Sexual Assault

 

Gr8Mates

A website for teenagers supporting friends who have had an unwanted sexual experience.

 

Sexual Violence Research Initiative

What to say and what not to say to a survivor of sexual assault.

Everyone has a place in sexual assault prevention. According to RAINN, an average of 68% of assaults in the last five years were not reported.  Together, we can help all survivors come forward to share their stories and heal.

www.svri.org/blog/what-say-and-what-not-say-survivor-sexual-assault

 

In this blog, Amy Oestreicher shares how she handled the trauma of sexual assault by a person she regarded as a mentor. She highlights that healing is a process and each person experience it differently.

www.svri.org/blog/freeze-response-how-warrior-handles-trauma-sexual-assault

 

Health Information

Refuge

 

West Christchurch Women’s Refuge

West Christchurch Women’s Refuge provides services for women, children and family/whanau experiencing family violence. They provide a 24 hr crisis/support phone line, temporary emergency accommodation, community support worker, support, advocacy and education to the wider community.

Phone: o3 379 0575

 

Battered Women’s Trust

Women’s Refuges offer; 24 hour crisis line, refuge safe house accommodation, domestic violence training and policy advice, They also provide help with: Obtaining court orders, court appearances, seeking legal aid,  lawyer appointments, dealing with the Police, Child Youth and Family, Work and Income and Housing New Zealand, finding safe long term accommodation, finding domestic violence education programmes and counselling.

Phone: 0800 73 38 43

 

Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group

This organisation hosts a refuge, provides domestic violence intervention support, crisis response, community-based support, English language classes, road safety programmes and other life skill programmes for ethnic women and their children in Christchurch and the South Island.

Phone: 03 389 2028

 

Virginity and Hymens

 

Just the Facts is a website on sexual health and STIs. It has a great section on virginity and the hymen myth.

 

A video on the truth about virginity and how it is not a physical quality and cannot be taken 

Sexual Assault Education and Prevention and Consent

 

Who Are You?

A short film to educate young people about the prevention of sexual violence and ethical sexual decision making.

 

 

A video explaining consent

 

It’s About Mana

Family Planning New Zealand

Masculinity isn’t about how much men can score, or talk down to, or about, people. Masculinity is about showing respect, love, tenderness, and standing up for what they believe in and for others. There are many ways to be strong and to express strength.

It’s about mana provides positive, action based messages for young men rather than blaming or shaming. Encouraging young men to question traditional male values, in particular that real men are always in control, have uncontrollable sex drives, deserve a certain entitlement or respect, and that women are objects. Most males do not use or condone violence towards women. Most young men are responsible and happy. They are good friends and have loving, peaceful relationships. This is not always obvious from stories in the media.

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http://www.familyplanning.org.nz/media/216883/its-about-mana-key-messages-mar-2015.pdf

 

Rape Prevention Education Trust

RPE works in the greater Auckland area and nationally, to prevent sexual violence through education and health promotion and prevention activities.

It also provides support and information for those affected by sexual violence through telephone, print, and online media.

 

What is Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault?

 

Alcohol and Drug Support

 

Alcohol Drug Helpline

If you or someone you know needs support and treatment to reduce their alcohol intake, contact the Alcohol Drug Helpline

0800 787 797

 

Drug Help

You can learn from other New Zealanders’ experiences, gain insights into your own use and access support to get your life under control

 

Family Violence

 

Family Violence It’s Not Ok 

It’s not OK is a community-driven behaviour change campaign to reduce family violence in New Zealand. Its goal is to change attitudes and behaviour that tolerate any kind of family violence.

Provides advice and information to stop violence in your family. Advice on how you can help people who may be experiencing family violence.

 

Shine

Making homes violence free in NZ. Shine is a national domestic abuse charity and runs a domestic abuse helpline to help keep people safe from domestic abuse and family violence. The Shine website provides information for victims who may have been strangled or choked. 

 

Mental Health

Depression

This website helps New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety.

 

The Lowdown

The Lowdown is a website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety.

 

Non suicidal self injury a graphic novel from ‘Youth Wellbeing study’ about a young person who struggles with non-suicidal self-injury and the barriers for seeking help