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Support for sexual harm

The organisations on this page can provide help and support for sexual harm.

Safe to talk

Phone: 0800-044-334

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Safe to talk is a free national 24-hour seven day a week confidential service for anyone looking for help to do with sexual harm.

Local support

Canterbury police

Phone: (03) 363-7400


This page explains your choices after a sexual assault. It has written information and videos about topics like support services, medical check-ups and what happens when you go to a police station.

Cambridge Clinic

Phone: (03) 366-0067


The Cambridge Clinic specialises in looking after people over 12 who've been sexually assaulted. It provides one-off medical services for people in Canterbury or the West Coast who've been sexually assaulted, whether recently, or in the past. It's a free service for men, women and teenagers.

Sexual Assault Support Service Canterbury

Phone: (03) 377‑5402



Sexual Assault Support Service Canterbury provides 24-hour support and advice for rape and sexual assault.


Phone: (03) 355-4414



START provides specialist counselling for children, youth and adults who've been subject to sexual crime. It also provides support for their whānau/family, and education about sexual violence to the wider community.

Tautoko Tāne Male Survivors Canterbury (The Canterbury Men's Centre)

Phone: (03) 377-6747



Male Survivors Canterbury provides one-to-one support, peer support, group peer support, and support for parents and partners of survivors.

ACC Sensitive Claims Unit

Phone: 0800-735-566



ACC will pay for up to 16 support sessions from an ACC-registered therapist for people who've been sexually abused. Use the website to help find a therapist and for other information.

Other useful contacts

Sexual Health Centre

Address: 314 Riccarton Road

Phone: (03) 364-0485

The Christchurch Sexual Health Centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.10 am to 5 pm and Wednesday from 11 am to 7.30 pm. It offers free sexual health assessment, treatment, advice and counselling.

Rape Prevention Education (RPE)


RPE works in the greater Auckland area and nationally to prevent sexual violence through education, health promotion and prevention.

It also provides support and information for those affected by sexual violence through telephone, print, and online media.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2019.

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