SASH-Nelson have a dedicated team of Crisis Response Team Workers who will support women, children, and their families/whanau when making a statement to Police or undergoing a forensic medical examination. The Crisis Response Team service is accessed via the Police, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This can be after an immediate incidence of sexual violence or for someone making a historic complaint.
SASH Case Managers (previously known as Support Workers) provide practical support following rape/sexual abuse including personal safety of victims and any children that may be affected. We manage suicidal behaviour and effects of trauma, refer to other social services and health agencies when appropriate, and provide information about court and legal processes. The support also involves liaising with police, assisting with victim’s expenses, liaising with Victim Support and walking alongside women who choose to file a formal complaint with the police about rape/sexual violence. As trials can take up to 18 months after a police complaint is made, a Case Manager will maintain regular contact with a woman until her court hearing.
SASH-Nelson have a team of professional and caring counsellors who are specialised in working with survivors of sexual abuse and can provide medium term counselling.
24-hour crisis response for immediate assistance after sexual assault
Support to women when making statements at the police station
Private and confidential one-to-one support
Assistance to access other social services
Court support and advocacy
Information on police and court procedures
Free professional and confidential counselling
Support and understanding to help you start the healing process
Support when dealing with historical abuse
To access any of our services and
talk in confidence to someone who will understand, phone: SASH-Nelson 03 548 2407