Domestic violence victims and survivors are being urged to seek help, even as the country is locked down.
Chief Victims Advisor Kim McGregor said police and other support agencies are essential services, so they continued to work.
McGregor said many people and families will experience more stress at home.
“Even though we are currently isolated from ourselves, we still want to hear from you if you or anyone in your bubble is in pain,” he said.
If anyone is in immediate danger, they should call the police on 111.
Police will consider silence an alert.
McGregor said, “Leaving yourself and / or others for safety is considered an essential form of travel and if you leave your neighborhood for these reasons you are not violating Level 4 restrictions. Will do. “
“Sometimes it is unsafe for you to reach for help when you are in a place that is bothering you. If you do not communicate securely by phone, text, email or social media. Maybe your friends, neighbors can help.
“Neighbors, please do your best to keep an eye on the people around you and look for signs that someone needs help, such as if there are any sounds of violence, screaming, crying, family members are frightened and retreated. “But please also remember to keep a safe distance and keep your ‘bubbles’.”
People can still access safe, emergency accommodation at Alert Level 4.
Other practical help is also available.
Where to get help
Women’s Shelter: (0800 733 843)
it’s not fair. (0800 456 450)
Shine: 0508 744 633.
Helping the victims.: 0800 650 654.
Help Call 24/7 (Auckland): 09 623 1700, (Wellington): Ho 04 801 6655 – 0
National Network of Domestic Violence Services NZ Domestic violence experts have information about agencies.