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Referral & support agencies (assault)

Tohu toronga me ngā umanga tautoko (whakaekenga)

Local support agencies

Canterbury police (03) 363-7400 (but call 111 for an emergency)

Refuges (all 24 hours per day, 7 days a week)

Elder abuse

Stopping violence

Services for children

If you have immediate concerns about the safety of tamariki (children), phone Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children on 0508-326-459. You can also call if you are uncertain what to do next or need help or advice.

There are programmes available for:

For more information see It's not OK. Or contact the Christchurch advocate for tamariki and rangatahi experiencing family violence. Phone Barnardos (03) 365-3923 between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm and they will put you through to the best agency for help.

Agencies and their programmes include:



Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2023.

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