The first place most people turn to for support is friends and whānau. Friends and whānau are also more likely to give you the best support, and this website aims to help with that. Counsellors are often the next best choice. Sometimes you need urgent or specific help and can’t think of anywhere to go. Below is a list of agencies to try. Not all agencies will be safe or welcoming for everyone. There are a few things you can do to prepare.
When using agencies, get clear on what you want and don’t want before contacting them. You can use the tools on this website to help, especially What is going on (for people who have been harmed or people who have caused harm) and What do you want (for people who have been harmed or people who have caused harm).
It helps to have back up support from someone you know—you can use the tools in Who can help to think of someone who can support you (for people who have been harmed or people who have caused harm). Support could include helping you prepare, contacting the agency, going with you (to help ask for what you want, to make you feel stronger, to bear witness) and talking with you afterwards.
If there is no-one you know who can support you, some organisations might be able to help.