Migrant and refugees may experience a number barriers when seeking support after sexual harm. You may experience a lack of social support, financial stability, access to resources, and have language barriers. You may also be fearful of risking your, and others, safety and security.
In New Zealand the rules and law relating to sexual harm and assault apply to everybody, no matter how long they have been here. Citizens of other countries who are visiting New Zealand are also protected by our laws.
It is also important you know there is support available to you, that you know your rights, regardless of your immigration status, and that your cultural beliefs are understood and respected.
It can be helpful to talk confidentially with someone from 'Safe to talk' who will help you access the most appropriate support for your situation. There are also translation services available if you prefer to talk in your own language.
Safe to talk can speak with you in over 40 different languages.
Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 2pm
Please ask us about Language Line when you call.
Our specialists are non-judgemental and professional, and they can refer you to the most appropriate services for you. What you say will be confidential.