EquAsian: organises fun, inclusive social gatherings around Auckland for LGBTIQ people of Asian descent. Their long-term aim is to raise the profile of LGBTIQ Asians and to advocate for our needs within both the LGBTIQ community and the Asian community.
Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand is a New Zealand registered charitable trust and provides information, education and training for organisations and professionals who provide services to intersex people and their families.
InsideOUT is a national charity that aims to support young people of sexual, sex and gender minorities to feel safe and have a sense of belonging in their schools and communities. They provide resources, support, training and advocacy with a focus on making schools more inclusive. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever is on your mind, from coming out, to heading out, friends to lovers, mothers to brothers, sometimes you just need to talk. OUTLineNZ volunteers don’t judge or tell you what to do; they provide support and appropriate information in a safe and friendly atmosphere.
0800 OUTLINE (688 5463) (9am-9pm weekdays, 6pm-9pm weekends)
Rainbow Youth: is a an Auckland based queer and trans* youth support and advocacy organisation. It hosts the Curious website, a hub for queer and trans* youth in Aotearoa New Zealand. Run by youth, for youth, Curious aims to support queer and trans* youth, and give us a place to connect with our peers nationwide. Check out the map for a support group near you.
Rainbow Youth also hosts You, Me, Us which is about queer, trans* and takatāpui people, having healthy relationships with each other, and what to do can do when things go wrong. They have posters and booklets about healthy relationships you can order for free.
Tīwhanawhana Trust was founded in 2000 to provide a safe, fun space for takatāpui to live their Māori identity in an environment supportive of their diverse sexualities and gender identities. In addition to its Wellington-based kapa haka group, Tīwhanawhana plays a national and international role in advocating for the rights, health and well-being of takatāpui and their whānau. Contact: email@example.com
The services below specialise in responding to partner and sexual violence. Their main focus is men’s violence towards women. At the moment there is no specialist service dedicated to all people in the rainbow community wanting help for partner or sexual violence in New Zealand. Asking a rainbow organisation to support you accessing these specialist services may be helpful.
Our survey has questions about your experiences of asking for help for partner or sexual violence from agencies. We would really like to hear from as many people as possible, so we have a clear idea about what rainbow communities need to respond to and prevent violence.
Women’s Refuge: If you are living in fear in your relationship or in your family, or know someone who is, you can get help right now. We offer all women in New Zealand and their children free advice, emergency accommodation and confidential advocacy services provided by women.
Phone: 0800 REFUGE (733 843) (24 hours every day)
Shakti: Shakti is a not-for-profit community organisation working in the area of women’s development, empowerment and domestic/family violence intervention, prevention and awareness. We provide culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.
Phone: 0800 SHAKTI (24 hours every day)
Shine: is a national domestic abuse charity making homes violence free. Phone 0508 744 633 (9am to 11pm, 7 days)
Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga National Network of Stopping Violence member agencies offer support groups, programmes and resources to help people stop using violence in their relationships. Check out the specialist services nearest to you. The Family Violence Information Line (0800 456 450) provides self-help information and connects people to services where appropriate. It is available seven days a week, from 9am to 11pm, with an after-hours message redirecting callers in the case of an emergency. The It’s not OK campaign is a community-driven effort to reduce family violence in New Zealand. Its goal is to change attitudes and behaviour that tolerate any kind of family violence.
0800 456 450 (9am – 11pm everyday)
TOAH-NNEST: agencies offer specialist help and support if you are a survivor of sexual violence or if you have been behaving in harmful sexual ways towards others. We can also help you if you have a loved one who has experienced or perpetrated sexual violence. Our Kaupapa Māori Services offer support and counselling by Māori, for Māori and for people of all other communities in Aotearoa.
You can seek specialist help immediately after a sexual assault, or if it happened a long time ago. Regardless of whether it is recent or historic sexual abuse, you can call or visit a specialist sexual violence service for counselling, support, resources and information or just to talk.
You can find the TOAH-NNEST Good Practice Guidelines for ‘Mainstream’ Sexual Violence Crisis Services – Doing our best for LGBTIQ Survivors here.
Police: Domestic and sexual violence towards rainbow people is a crime, and diversity liaison officers provide liaison between Police and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. They may be able to help you if you want to report violence to the Police.
Coalition of Community Law Centres: Free legal help throughout Aotearoa.
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