If you are a survivor coming to us, here is what you can expect. We are a confidential resource: talking to us is not the same as filing a report, and filing reports is optional and independent of your seeking our services.
From the outset, you are in control — you get to decide what you do and do not want and need. There is no point in this process that you will be left to your own devices to manage getting what you need. Our commitment to you is; confidentiality, companionship, information and support.
- Our survivor-led approach empowers you to choose your path forward. We empower your decisions. We listen, we believe you, and we respect you.
- We provide a safe place for all members of the university community. Sexual violence takes many forms, and impacts all kinds of people. We recognise and offer specialised support for women, takatāpui and people of minority genders and sexualities, persons with mental illness, and persons with physical and hearing impairments, who are disproportionally impacted by sexual violence. We recognise and welcome male survivors. We also work with Te Huka Mātauraka — the Māori Centre, and the Pacific Islands Centre, to provide culturally specific support to survivors and their whanau.
- We offer crisis intervention to survivors and their whanau. This begins with a safety check, where we assess your immediate safety and obtain medical attention if necessary. Once you are in a safe place, we’ll work together to develop a Safety Plan, tailored specifically to your wants and needs.
- We provide confidential advocacy, information and guidance for navigating a range of support options and specialist referrals within the university. Academic support may include: special considerations for exams, extensions, tutors, and safe study spaces. Housing support may include: exploring options for changes in residence halls or flats. Specialist referrals may include: counselling and psychological services, and discussion about no contact orders.
- We provide information on policies, including prohibited behaviour, as well as possible pathways to filing a report (if you wish to file one) and what to expect in the reporting process.
- We support you to access relevant and appropriate community resources. Our network includes:, Shakti (serving migrant and refugee women), Wahine Toa — Women’s Self Defence Network, Dunedin Rape Crisis, MEDSAC doctors and hospitals, Victim Support Dunedin, Youthline, Court Victim Advisor, International Student Support.
- We will accompany you to the Dunedin Police or the Proctor, if you wish to have our support through those processes.
- If you are caring for a friend, we can offer you guidance and support to inform how you care for your friend and how you take care of yourself as a support person.