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0800REFUGE provides 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We are here for women, men in New Zealand...


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SHINE Domestic Abuse Helpline offers 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and online chat. We are here...


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Family Violence Information Line (are you ok?) is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by...


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1737 Need to talk? is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone and text message...


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Shakti Crisisline offers 24/7, free and confidential support over phone. We exist to help everyone in New Zealand who may be...


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Victim Support - Manaaki Tangata provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone. We support everyone in...


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Te Puna Oranga 24 hour Phone Manaaki offers 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We are here to help...


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Vagus Centre is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We help everyone in New Zealand...


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0800 Hey Bro is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support over phone. We support adults, men in New Zealand...


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Free, confidential 24/7 helpline for seniors who are experiencing abuse. Elder abuse might look like violence or assault,...


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Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Children) Helpline offers 24/7, free and confidential support over phone. We exist to help...


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Youthline offers 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We are...


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0800 What's Up provides free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and online chat. We are here to help youth in...


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Are you experiencing abuse or domestic violence? Contact a hotline in New Zealand for support

Many women, children, and men in the world are victims of domestic violence – this is any behaviour that maintains control over a spouse, partner, family member, or girlfriend/boyfriend. Abuse may be expressed physically, emotionally, verbally, sexually, or financially, and you may feel threatened, controlled or coerced.

If you are being psychologically, emotionally or physically harmed, you are not alone. Statistics show that one in three women and one in three men have experienced abuse and domestic violence. If you're looking for support, there are 13 abuse and domestic violence hotlines in New Zealand. Reach out if this is happening:

  • Avoiding certain topics so that you don’t anger your partner/family member
  • Your partner/family member has told you they will commit suicide if you leave
  • Your privacy online being invaded
  • Your belongings and property being destroyed
  • Not allowing you to work or get an education
  • Believing that your partner/family member’s aggressive behavior is your fault
  • Feeling helpless, desperate, or emotionally numb
  • Being taken advantage of financially

Experiencing a wide range of emotions is perfectly normal for victims of abuse and domestic violence. Doubting the clarity of your mind or your ability to understand what’s happening is also a common consequence of the abuse you have experienced.

Every story of abuse and domestic violence is unique. You are the one who will figure out what the best way out is for you as a person and in your circumstances. However, it is always easier to overcome such hardships with the right kind of support.

If you are ready to talk to someone about your experiences of abuse or domestic violence, you can contact a hotline in New Zealand for free and confidential support.


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