Victims of domestic violence
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Domestic violence takes many forms. It involves abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, friend or family member to control, dominate or make you feel afraid. The violence doesn't have to be physical - it can be emotional, psychological, financial or sexual, or it can be threats to abuse you in any of these ways.
If you or your children are experiencing any domestic violence you need to get help.
Where to get help
If you are in immediate danger, call the Police on 111. They will respond straight away.
If you need advice or help in a crisis, call Women's Refuge on 0800 733 843 for free, any time.
For longer-term and ongoing protection from a violent person that can be enforced by law, you can apply to the Family Court for a Protection Order. If children are involved you can also apply for an (without notice).
The Police can issue a Police Safety Order if they think you're at risk from violence.
Domestic violence is not ok
For more information on domestic violence, what it is and how to get help, visit: www.areyouok.org.nz or call 0800 456 450 for free.