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Support for students

If you are a survivor coming to us, here is what you can expect.

Someone to listen

Staff and volunteers are available to listen to you and to allow you to share what you are comfortable with. We listen without judgement.

A safe space

We provide a safe space for all members of the university community. We also have a safe study space available at our house.

Discussion of options to help you stay at university

We are available to assist you to access the necessary resources either on or off campus. We provide advocacy, information and guidance for navigating a range of support options to ensure you complete your educational goals. Our survivor-led approach empowers you to choose a path forward. https://www.otago.ac.nz/te-whare-tawharau/information

Safety check

We offer crisis intervention to survivors and their whanau. We will begin with a safety check and develop a Safety Plan tailored specifically to you.

Confidentiality

We are a confidential resource and are available to support you whether or not you file a complaint.

Your personal information will not be shared with anyone outside of Te Whare Tāwharau without consent except:

1. Where there is a risk of harm to self and/or others; or
2. Where disclosure is required by Court Order or otherwise under the law.

Inclusive space

We provide an inclusive space and our doors are open to all genders, sexualities, ethnicities and abilities.

Referrals for resources on campus

We support you to access relevant and appropriate University resources

Chaplains

Disability Information and Support

OUSA Support 

Pacific Island Centre

Proctor’s Office

Queer Support

Student Health (MEDSAC)

Te Huka Mātauraka - Maori Centre

Referrals for resources off campus

We support you to access relevant and appropriate community resources.

ACC Sensitive Claims registration

Court Victim Advisor

MEDSAC doctors and hospital

Rape Crisis Dunedin

Safe to Talk

Shakti (serving migrant and refugee women)

Victim Support Dunedin

Youthline

Accompaniment to Proctor or Police (if desired)

If you wish to file a report to the Dunedin Police or the Proctor, we will provide information, support, and what to expect in the reporting process. We are also available to accompany you to the Police or the Proctor.

If you are caring for a friend

We can offer you the guidance and support to inform how you can care for your friend and how you take care of yourself as a support person. Here is a page that can get you started. https://www.otago.ac.nz/te-whare-tawharau/information