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Wellington Rape Crisis provides free social work and counselling services to survivors, along with their friends, family, whānau and supporters. You can self-refer to our service, or be referred by your doctor, police or any other services you may be working with. All of our services are free and confidential.

In the intake session you can hear about our service options, share your experience, discuss your goals for working with us and create a plan around what working with us will look like. You are at the centre of our work and we will go at the pace you determine.

To make an appointment, please get in contact by calling 04 801 8973 or emailing support@wellingtonrapecrisis.org.nz. 
We are open between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

Click on our services below to learn more about how we can support you.

Our services

Counselling

Our NZAP/NZAC registered counsellors provide specialist counselling support to survivors of sexual harm. Our counsellors can provide:

  • Regular sessions to support and enable the long term healing and recovery from the impacts of sexual harm
  • Free counselling for those who do not wish to or are unable to access support via the ACC Sensitive Claims pathway
Social Work

Our  ANZASW registered social workers provide practical assistance and support for those accessing our services, including:

  • Meeting with you for an intake appointment to introduce you to our service and support you to explore your options
  • Have regular sessions with you to check in, unpack and manage symptoms of trauma such as anxiety, flashbacks and nightmares
  • support you to manage and thrive in your identified goals
  • Working alongside you in liaison with organisations such as the police, courts, ACC, MSD and medical professionals
ACC Sensitive Claims

We are a registered ACC Sensitive Claims provider and have counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists available for those who wish to access support via the ACC Sensitive Claims pathway. At your intake appointment, a social worker can explain this process to you and support you to access this service.

Court Support Service

This is a free MSD funded support service for survivors navigating the criminal justice system, which includes:

  • Planning, preparation and support for you and your family, whānau and support people for the entire journey through the court process
  • Advocacy and relationship management as needed between various organisations such as police, prosecutors etc
  • Survivor centred and trauma informed support
  • Support is available as soon as a charge has been laid – we can work with you and your family at any stage of the process from this point
  • This service is for any survivor over 18 years old going through court – you can self-refer or be referred by someone else

For more information on this service, contact our Justice Response Manager Jess Lee: jess@wellingtonrapecrisis.org.nz or 022 015 9838

Information

We can provide a range of information on sexual harm and its impacts to survivors, their support people, community organisations and anyone in the Wellington community. We have an extensive resource library available at our office.

Referral

We have strong links with other service providers in the Wellington region, and a broad knowledge of the social services which are on offer in our city. If we are not the most appropriate service provider for you, we can refer you to another agency. We are always happy to discuss the service options which are available to you.

Education

Wellington Rape Crisis believes that education is a vital tool in the prevention of rape and sexual abuse.

We are happy to provide training, guidance or engage in kōrero with organisations and school students about sexual harm and its prevention. We can also provide feedback on material which discusses sexual violence or provide support people at events which contain sexual violence related content.
We are part of the governing body of RespectEd Aotearoa who provide primary prevention education to people of various ages and industries.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about these services.

Accessibility

Our location is wheelchair accessible and we strive to make it comfortable and accessible for all people. We want to hear from you if there are barriers to you accessing our service, and we will work together to accommodate your needs and connect you with support. This could include things such as travel, childcare, physical accessibility considerations etc. Please contact us to discuss any needs or concerns you might have.

Who do we work with

We work with women and gender diverse* survivors of sexual harm and their friends, family, whānau and supporters. Our definition of sexual harm is very broad and includes any form of unwanted physical, verbal or visual sexual contact.

We do not specialize in working with cisgender** men; but are happy to provide a referral to Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation or MOSAIC, who specialise in this work. Friends, family, whanau and supporters can be of any gender.

We do not work with people under the age of 13 but are happy to provide a referral to another organisation.

* Our definition of gender diverse includes, but is not limited to, people who may identify as: transgender, trans women, trans feminine, trans men, trans masculine, intersex, queer, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, takatāpui, whakawahine, tangata ira tāne, fa’afafine, mahu, vakasalewalewa, palopa, akava’ine, fakaleiti, aikāne, faa’atama, māhū, and palopa. This is on a purely self-identification basis.


** cisgender is defined as a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their sex assigned at birth.