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Hi all,

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.

New Zealand:‎ - 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. - Even if you are not in Wellington, these people are fab and can connect you with a branch in your area. - For male survivors of sexual abuse. Similar to the help organization and a really great support for men. - 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. - Great place for young people to go for advice on local resources, especially those suffering with mental illness on top of the abuse. - Here you will find a list of other resources that are very helpful. I have used a few of these during the reporting/court process if that is the route you choose to go.

Australia: - Lots of information and links to further help here. - Here you can chat anonymously online to a support worker about your situation (for 12-25 year olds).

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:

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline
An Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability.
Ph. 1800 880 052

There are many more out there for specific regions but these places will point you in the direction of those if needed.

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