Our 24/7 line is free to call from anywhere in New Zealand for information, advice and support about family violence as well as immediate help in a crisis. Follow the simple steps to be put through to your local refuge on your touchtone or mobile phone. You will be automatically redirected to an advocate in your region.
In an emergency please dial 111
Our safe houses, at confidential addresses, provide a place of safety for women and children who are experiencing family violence and are in an immediate need of a non-violent and supportive environment.
Our Women’s Education programme, Journey to Freedom, covers family violence, what it is and how it impacts on women and children, and it provides strategies to develop healthy relationships and goal setting.
Our Children’s Education programme, Tamariki Ora, is designed for children aged five to 12 years and covers what constitutes a family, how anger can be managed and helps children with strategies on how to stay safe.
Our education team are piloting a Couples Safety Education programme, aimed at couples wishing to make positive changes and provide a violence-free home for themselves and their children.
Psychological Psychological violence is about behaviours that make you doubt yourself and feel like you are crazy. It involves mind-games, coercion, manipulation and control. Psychological violence includes:
Sexual assaults and abuse include:
Financial or economic abuse involves:
Financial abuse can cause women and children to live in poverty, not being able to afford the basics and having lots of debt in their name. Women who are suffering financial abuse often can't rent a flat, get a loan, or receive power or phone services because previous bills were unpaid and because debts were taken out in their name. They may have a criminal record and fines after taking the blame for the abuser, and often have no access to money to enable them to leave the violent situation.
Spiritual violence includes:
Spiritual abuse attacks your wairua or spirit. All kinds of abuse can leave you feeling soulless, empty and distant with no purpose in life, or no passion or joy. Abuse robs women and children of their mauri-ora or wellbeing. We recognise that people are suffering spiritual abuse when we say they are not grounded, there is no light in their eyes or they are not inside themselves.
Physical assaults and the threat of physical violence back up the power of psychological violence. Physical violence includes: