Family violence

Family violence is a heartbreakingly huge problem in New Zealand, with many thousands of women and children living in abusive situations, permanently on high alert and in constant fear for their safety.

Where to go for help

If you are scared for your safety or the safety of someone else, call 111. If you are experiencing violence, tell someone – a friend, family member, workmate, teacher, employer or health professional, or a family violence prevention service.

Women’s Refuge free advice, emergency accommodation and confidential advocacy services to women and children. You can phone them any time of the day or night on 0800 REFUGE.

For more information and help, visit the It’s Not OK website or phone the Are You Ok Information Line on 0800 456 450.

KidSHINE is a free, structured and practical intervention service for children who witness domestic abuse, which is offered to families in their homes at a time convenient to them.

Shine also runs a free national helpline 0508 744 633 and offers many other support services.

Find out more about the White Ribbon campaign to stop violence towards women.

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