We have been Auckland’s specialist provider of sexual abuse support services since 1982.
We believe that sexual abuse has no place in civilised society. But for as long as it continues to occur in Auckland, we will work to enable women and children suffering from the effects of abuse to regain their lives.
Is this you? if so, we are here to support and empower you. You, and everyone affected by such an experience. We want you to reclaim your rightful place in your family and society.
At HELP, we provide a culturally safe environment and remain conscious of issues of culture, engaging in training to ensure that we cater to the needs of our diverse society in the best possible way.
We employ over 30 staff, trained in trauma therapy and other psychotherapeutic and educational approaches.
Our team includes:
Administration and management.
If you’re interested in joining the team, learn more about working for us.
All the counsellors working at HELP are women who are trained in dealing with issues arising from sexual abuse or rape. We are skilled in dealing with people of various ethnic, sexual and religious orientations and can provide referrals to complementary services for more ongoing support.
On a less visible level, HELP works to train practitioners, liaises with police and engages in political activity with the goal of achieving societal change. Breaking the silence around sexual violence and contributing to ‘de-stigmatisation’ is key and we speak out in the media and at conferences.
What We Do
HELP is committed to contributing to ending of sexual abuse and along with this, physical abuse and neglect.
Sexual violence has a high cost. Victims/survivors, perpetrators, family members, friends, acquaintances, and others are affected by sexual violence in many ways: physically, emotionally, socially, legally, financially, at school, home and work.
All of us feel the impact. Both the act of and the threat of sexual violence have significant effects on many people throughout their lives.
We Prevent Sexual Abuse By:
Keeping sexual violence visible in the world as a problem through media, events, notices, newsletters and making submissions to government.
Providing children, parents and preschools with effective methods of prevention, early detection and effective responses to disclosure through the We Can Keep Safe programme.
Providing information to young people, parents, family members and professionals who are concerned about the possibility of sexual abuse, through our website and 24/7 HELPline.
Providing consultation to those peers, parents, and professionals responding to sexual abuse.
Providing therapy, support services, and psychoeducation to survivors and their families to facilitate healing and reduce the risks of revictimisation.
Working in schools with young people to provide access to healing and liaising with and supporting school counsellors to facilitate and manage disclosures.
Working with offender services and restorative justice services to provide relationship resolutions that are likely to reduce further victimisation and further offending.
Screening for harmful sexual behaviours among the clients we see for therapy.
Supporting the adult clients we see to be aware of actual or potential abuse of their children and to reduce the risks of victimisation of their children.
Supporting families to notify Oranga Tamariki or Police about the abuse of children or young people, and making these notifications ourselves if families are not able to do so.
Supporting young people to find safe accommodation if need be.
Ensuring staff are trained to identify and respond to abuse as per agency policy.