Preventing family violence
Family violence harms and affects many people across New Zealand, and is a significant issue for Hutt Valley communities. Safe Hutt Valley wants to prevent family violence and reduce the harm it causes, by promoting and supporting an environment free of violence in the Hutt Valley.
What you can do
Seek support if you are affected by family violence. Talk to someone you trust, or get in touch with one of the many support services available in the Hutt Valley.
Ever wondered how you can help a friend, neighbour or family member who you think might be experiencing an unhealthy relationship or family violence? Take a look at the How Can You Help community tool and learn a few simple skills that we can all use to help anyone affected by violence. Read more about the How Can You Help tool below.
Read the advice on family violence on the Police website, or check out our links to a wide range of local and national family violence programmes and services.
Safe Hutt Valley and its partners are involved in a range of programmes and projects that help to prevent family violence and reduce the harm it causes in the Hutt Valley. These include:
Āhuru Mōwai o te Awakairangi
(Network for a Violence Free Hutt Valley)
This network of agencies and community groups shares information and works together to promote a violence-free Hutt Valley. The network works to increase understanding of family violence and ways to deal with it by offering training to community groups, health professionals and people affected by family violence. The network also distributes pocket-sized violence prevention cards and maintains an up to date list of Hutt Valley agencies which can help with family violence. To get involved with the network or find out more about their work, contact the Coordinator for Āhuru Mōwai o te Awakairangi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also initiate and run a range of targeted projects to address specific concerns within our communities. These include:
How Can You Help Tool
In April 2014 Safe Hutt Valley partner Upper Hutt City Council launched a digital resource that sets out a few simple skills that we can all use to help anyone affected by violence. Based on the It’s Not OK campaign and resources, the digital resource is easy for community leaders and others to share amongst communities, workplaces and sports clubs to raise awareness of family violence. You can access the How Can You Help resource at the Upper Hutt City Council website, pick up a copy at the Upper Hutt City Library or order a free CD copy by emailing email@example.com. Please email the Community Development team at Upper Hutt City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Hutt Valley District Health Board lead this work on behalf of Safe Hutt Valley, with Ahuru Mowai o te Awakairangi playing a major role in this area. A range of other agencies and community groups are involved in these programmes and projects. The Safe Hutt Valley group welcomes contact from other organisations or individuals interested in promoting a violence free Hutt Valley. Please contact us if you are keen to get involved.
Other programmes and services addressing family violence in the Hutt Valley
Hutt City Women’s Refuge – phone 0800 733 843.
Kokiri Marae Maori Women’s Refuge – phone 0800 733 843.
Hutt Rape Counselling – phone 0800 22 66 94.
Lower Hutt Police (non-emergency) – phone 560 2600
Upper Hutt Police (non-emergency) – phone 527 2300
Age Concern – phone 499 6646
Child Youth and Family Services – phone 0508 326 459
Community Mental Health Services – phone 570 9801
Folau Alofa Trust – phone 568 3761
Strengthening Families – phone 570 3196
Relationships Aotearoa – phone 566 7164
Samaritans of Hutt Valley – phone 586 1048
The Salvation Army – phone 570 0273
Vibe – phone 566 0525. Confidential health and support services for young people aged 10-24 years.
Family Works Centre Upper Hutt – a range of services for families in Upper Hutt, including parenting programmes and a Good Fathers programme.
National family violence services and programmes
Women’s Refuge – phone 0800 733 843.
Shakti – Shakti is a national not-for-profit community organisation working in the area of women’s development, empowerment and domestic/ family violence intervention, prevention and awareness. Shakti specializes in support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.
Family Violence Information Line – phone 0800 456 450
Barnardos Whats Up Childrens Helpline – phone 0800 942 8787. A free, national phone counselling service for five to 18-year-olds.
Parent Help Child Abuse Prevention and Parent Helpline – phone 0800 568 856. A free, confidential and anonymous parenting support service available 24 hours a day.
Depression Helpline – phone 0800 111 757
Health Line – phone 0800 611 116. Free advice 24 hours a day from trained registered nurses.
Lifeline – phone 0800 543 354. Lifeline New Zealand’s telephone counselling service provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week counselling and support.
Mental Health Crisis Line – phone 0800 745 477
PlunketLine – 0800 933 922. PlunketLine is a toll-free parent helpline and advice service available to all families, whānau and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Youth Line – phone 0800 376 633.
Children’s Commissioner – provides information about children’s and young people’s rights.
Jigsaw – a non for profit organisation focussed on the wellbeing of New Zealand children and their families
National Network of Stopping Violence Services – works to enable all people in New Zealand to live free of all forms of violence.
Shine – 0800 744 633 offers a free helpline and training with a focus on keeping people safe within their own homes.