If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual harm, there are support services available for you in the Wellington region.

Wellington Rape Crisis

Wellington Rape Crisis was established in 1978 by a group of local women who identified a community need for a support network for women who had experienced sexual harm.
Today, our team of registered social workers and counsellors provide free support services to women identifying and gender diverse survivors and their supporters.

We’re here to support you
We have a range of support services available to survivors of sexual harm and their friends, family and whānau. All of our services are free and confidential.
Click on our services below to learn more about how we can support you.

HELP – Sexual Abuse Wellington

Our vision
A world free from sexual violence.

Our mission
We help individuals, whānau and communities affected by sexual abuse move from surviving to thriving

Our Work
In 1985, Wellington HELP were set up as a not-for-profit organisation to provide specialised support to individuals, whānau and communities who have been affected by sexual violence. In 2005, we set up offices in Porirua and Kāpiti to provide more accessible support for survivors up the coast.

​Head over to Our Services to find out more about the different types of specialsied support we offer.

​Our Clients
We support everyone. No matter your age, gender, sexuality or ethnicity. We are here to support you.
Whether it was yourself or a loved one who experienced sexual violence, we are here to listen and help you move forward.

Our Commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Wellington HELP recognises Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to developing a culturally appropriate way of working with Māori agencies, staff and clients. We are committed to ongoing learning in this area.

Our locations
We have offices in central Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti.

Shama Ethnic Women’s Trust

Shama Ethnic Women’s Trust (commonly known as Shama) is a charitable trust formed in 2002 after the identification of a gap in available services for ethnic women and children that are run by ethnic women. The founding members of Shama recognised that the challenges faced by ethnic women are complex and unique, and their needs often sit outside what is catered for by mainstream social services and support programmes.  

Shama aims to support the development of a truly multi-cultural New Zealand where all women from ethnic minorities would be fully integrated into New Zealand society, to live lives of dignity, free from fear of violence and discrimination, and to be recognised as valuable contributors to their local communities.

Our Objectives
The primary objective of Shama is to be a vibrant, sustainable social service organisation that provides culturally-appropriate support, advocacy, and programmes to ethnic women, their children and families, and to be a source of strength and empowerment for ethnic women of all ages.

While Shama provides specialist support for those experiencing violence, it takes a holistic approach to the needs of women, their children and families. Shama is a community hub for hundreds of ethnic families in the Hamilton area, as we provide peer-to-peer support for ethnic women through the running of regular classes in crafts, cooking, as well as the parent support.

The programmes currently provided by Shama fall into three categories:

Skills based programmes: English language and conversation, computer support, gardening, cooking, and sewing classes.

Support programmes: parent support, school holiday programmes,  legal and domestic violence workshops.

Individual support: one-on-one support is provided to ethnic women, children and their families by trained social workers.