We encourage any student who has experienced sexual violence or sexual harassment to get help and advice.
The term “sexual violence” is used for any form of non-consensual sexual activity. It is never okay. This includes sexual harassment or assault, by another student or any employee of the University.
Sexual violence is never the fault of the person who has experienced harm, regardless of circumstances or the relationship between the people involved. Sexual assault is a choice made by an individual to ignore another person’s independence and desires through sexual means.
If you have experienced sexual violence we can help support you.
Medical care and support
It is important to think about your physical and emotional health needs.
Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP—24/7
Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP operates a 24 hour crisis support line and has on-site support workers. If you find yourself needing to talk to someone, they’re there to listen and help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. HELP can also arrange doctor or counselling appointments if needed.
Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP, Level 7, 178–182 Willis Street, Wellington
Phone +64-4-801 6655
Tū Pakari Ora—Wellington Sexual Assault Assessment & Treatment Service
Tū Pakari Ora offers a safe environment and sensitive medical and forensic care for people ages 14 and over who have been sexually assaulted or abused.
Call them between 9am and 4pm, or download the Tū Pakari Ora brochure for more information about the services they provide. To contact this service out of hours, call the HELP crisis line above—they can put you in touch with the clinic.
Cuba Street Clinic, 275 Cuba Street, Wellington
Phone +64-4-805 0522
Wellington Rape Crisis
Wellington Rape Crisis provides support and information to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and to their families, friends and whānau.
Student Health and counselling support on campus
Student Health and Student Counselling provide health care and counselling support for students who are victims of sexual violence. Clinics are based on campus. Call +64-4-463 5308 to make an appointment.
ACC Find Support
ACC's Find Support programme helps you access ACC-funded support following sexual abuse or assault, in your time, on your terms. Alternatively victims of sexual violence may make direct contact with ACC's Sensitive Claims Unit. Download their Client Centred Support brochure for more information.
Hutt Rape Counselling Network
Hutt Rape Counselling Network provides a free service to all women, men and children who have been sexually abused at any time in their past.
You can download the Hutt Rape Counselling Network brochure for more information about the services they provide.
Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Trust
The Wellington branch of the Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Trust provides one to one, peer and group support for male survivors and their significant others. Download the Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Trust (MOSAIC) brochure or go to their Facebook page to find out more information.
Support from the University
We understand it takes a lot of courage to come forward about these issues and we welcome the inclusion of any support people.
For support and advice from the University, you can contact:
- Kirstin White, Student Interest Adviser (+64-4-463 5167)
- Your Hall of Residence’s Student Support Co-ordinator
- Disability Services (+64-4-463 6070)
- Erica Schouten, VUWSA Student Advocate (+64-4-463 6984)
If there’s a staff member you trust, they will be able to help you access the appropriate care and support.
Advice from the Police
Regardless of whether or not you want to formally involve the Police, they are there to provide support and information. You can download the Police brochure to read their advice for victims of sexual assault. To contact them dial 111 in an emergency, or contact the Wellington Central Police station.
Phone +64-4-381 2000