As some of you know I am from New Zealand and I have noticed that in the past here there have often been many people here who struggle to find resources to help them while in an abusive situation who come form New Zealand and Australia. Part of the problem that people often face (including myself) is that the attitudes about abuse and even the attitudes about women can be quite difficult to deal with in this part of the world, especially in places like NZ where there are many very small towns.
So here are a few resources for those who may need them. I have used many of the NZ ones myself and found them helpful when my own social network and family was not willing to give me a hand.
www.womensrefuge.org.nz/ - NZ Women's refuge are fantastic and really proactive in their activism. I stayed in one of their safe houses for a while and while I was very nervous about doing so I can tell you they were really fantastic people.
http://www.dsac.org.nz/ - Doctors for sexual abuse care. Very helpful to be aware of where these doctors are when going for an examination. If you ask for a doctor who is a part of this network at the ER they will provide you one.
http://www.thelowdown.co.nz/ - Great place for young people to go for advice on local resources, especially those suffering with mental illness on top of the abuse.
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): 24 hour, National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Relationships Australia Support groups and counselling on relationships, and for abusive and abused partners. 1300-364-277 or Vic (03) 9261-8700. Website: www.relationships.com.au
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