A medical examination is recommended as soon after the assault as possible. There are two different kinds and we can help you access this service.
A court case will not necessarily result from reporting to the Police, but in the case that it does, we can support you through the process. For helpful information about what you could expect, learn more about our Justice Services.
If you are under the age of 17 and talk to the Police or a support service about what has happened, it is likely that Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Vulnerable Children) will be contacted.
A social worker will probably contact you, and their role is to make sure you are living in a safe environment.
People are often afraid that they will be removed from their home if Oranga Tamariki becomes involved.
Oranga Tamariki does their best to ensure this happens only when absolutely necessary, and if you are feeling unsafe in your home it is likely that the person who is making you feel unsafe is removed rather than you.
Sometimes you still have to have contact with the person who sexually abused you, so we’ve established a restorative justice programme, called Project Restore, to help you make this possible.