"To enable all people in Aotearoa to live violence free."
Age Concern New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to promoting the quality of life and well-being of older people, advocating positive healthy ageing for people of all ages. Age Concern has information and advice on Elder Abuse, and resources for those working with older people, who are concerned about violence.
Porirua Whanau Centre
Provides services to families who are in need of support. They host the Porirua Community Family Violence Network Coordinator who is an advocate for children and youth who witness family violence and offer free support for families that have family violence as an issue. Integrated services include early childhood education and family support. http://poriruawhanau.org.nz/Family+Violence+Prevention
Child Youth and Family
Child, Youth and Family staff manage a wide range of services to carry out statutory and preventative social work practice. This includes working with families and whanau, community agencies and other professionals to:
- Protect children
- Manage young offenders
- Ensure that children in need are secure and cared for
- Help families maintain and strengthen their child-rearing role
- Facilitate the adoption process
They also fund and support a wide range of community-based social services, with a focus on children, young people and families in need of support.
The Family Court aims to help people sort out their own issues that do not always involve going to court. This link can provide further information on what the Family Court does.
Housing New Zealand
Housing New Zealand provides New Zealanders with access to good quality, affordable homes. It is also the New Zealand government's main advisor on housing, and services related to housing.
Kapiti Women's Centre
Kapiti Women's Centre is a warm, safe, caring environment for women to come and enjoy. They provide a range of services either free or at very low cost.
National Network of Stopping Violence Services
National Network of Stopping Violence Services is a federation of community agencies offering men's violence and abuse prevention programmes, support and education programmes for women who have experienced domestic violence, programmes for youth and community education on domestic violence prevention.
To find your closest member agency for services and advocacy:
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse
The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) is the national centre for collating and disseminating information about domestic and family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand. The NZFVC provides information and resources for people working towards the elimination of family violence. It specialises in New Zealand research and information with some international material also being included.
New Zealand Immigration Service
Immigration New Zealand's official website, for information about settling and working in New Zealand.
Open Home Foundation
Social work support and where necessary, foster care.
New Zealand Police is the lead agency responsible for reducing crime and enhancing community safety
For your local Police station
Porirua Citizens Advice Bureau
This service provides free to all individuals, an impartial and confidential service of information, guidance and support. They aim to ensure that individuals do not suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, the services available or through an inability to express their needs effectively.
Contact details for your local Citizens Advice Bureau
Refugees Trauma Recovery
Offering counselling services for refugees who have experienced trauma and/or torture
Refugee and Migrant Services
New Zealand Red Cross provides practical support for refugees once they arrive in New Zealand. Our professional staff include: social workers, cross-cultural workers and trainers of community volunteers. They provide a wide range of services to assist refugees with the many challenges of adjusting to a new culture and society. Our services include: advice, information and advocacy; crisis intervention and home-based family support programmes; community orientation; community linkages and referrals services; and volunteer training, deployment and support.
The Salvation Army
Samaritans is a free service available 24 hours a day for people who want confidential listening and support
Helping children and young people deal with change, loss and grief
Provides better coordinated support for families/Whanau by using an interagency case management approach. For families/Whanau with children under 17 who are working with two or more government or community organisations.
Te Korowai Aroha Whanau Services
04 237 9205
Since 1993 we have been providing Kaupapa counselling and social service support within the community of Porirua. We do so because of our philosophy of helping people help themselves.
Their free service provides emotional and practical support, information, referral to other support services and advocacy for the rights of victims. This support helps victims find strength, hope and safety in the face of grief and trauma at what may be the worst time of their life.
Whitireia Community Law Centre
They provide legal information, advice and assistance, promote legal education and law reform and in some cases represent people in court. These services are usually provided free to eligible members of the public. Check with your local community law centre to see what services they offer.
Work and Income
Work and Income helps job seekers and pays income support on behalf of the Government. This includes superannuation payments to retired people along with the administration of war pensions and residential care and support subsidies. They also administer the Community Services Card, International Services, and the Enterprising Communities grants programme.