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If you are the one being abused then the first step is to tell someone you trust. Talk to friends, whanau or a school counsellor about what’s going on. There is always someone who will be able to listen and if not offer advice, help you to figure out what you want to do next.
If you know someone who is being abused then talk to them about their options. Encourage them to reach out and ask for help- in fact by telling you they have already done that and the next step could be easier. If they are in a potentially dangerous situation it is important that they get the help they need quickly.
If you are the abuser then you’ve done the right thing by doing some research, finding out more about abuse, and acknowledging that there is a problem. The next step is to access help.
There are several different services that will be able to help you. You can find out what these services are by ringing the Family Violence Information Line, where you can talk to people that can point you in the right direction for getting help.
The Family Violence Information Line is a community initiative that is being carried out to raise awareness about the high levels of family violence in our country.
Anyone can ring the line to talk to a trained operator who can connect the caller up with a service in their area. Sometimes this might be an anger management course, a counselling service, or an agency that might be able to help the individual or their family out.
So if you feel ready to take the next step, call 0800 456 450, or visit the website www.areyouok.org.nz
You can also call Youthline on 0800 37 66 33 or free TXT 234