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Referrals for new domestic violence safety service

Relationships Aotearoa already receiving referrals for new domestic violence safety service

Relationships Aotearoa is already receiving a significant number of referrals for the new domestic violence strengthening safety service launched October 1 by the Ministry of Justice.

The strengthening safety service provides free, confidential and immediate assistance to victims of domestic violence assaults. Referrals are made by the Court and phone contact with the victim is made within 24 hours.

“The strengthening safety service is both responsive to the needs of victims and provides practical advice and information about keeping safe says Jillian Watt, Relationships Aotearoa Manager Clinical Services.

“Being able to provide advice and support by phone means we can support people quickly and easily.

“If the conversation with the victim highlights there are further safety concerns we can also work with the them to create a safety plan”, Jillian says.

As well as being approved by the Ministry of Justice to deliver the strengthening safety service, Relationships Aotearoa is also approved to deliver safety programmes for adults Court directed non-violence assessments and programmes, and other family justice services.


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