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Wāhi Mārie - Sexual Assault Services

Public Service, Sexual Abuse Medicine, Sexual Harm, Sexual Health



Specialist medical services provided by MEDSAC trained clinicians to assist survivors 14 years and older who have experienced sexual harm.   

Age: Youth and Adults 16 years and over (<16 with discussion prior to referral)

Region: Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua, Hutt, Wairarapa


Wellbeing Check (Non Forensic Services) = a visit with a Specialist Dr or Nurse to discuss your health needs and care around your experience of sexual harm.  It may or may not include a physical exam depending on your needs.
For a sexual assault/abuse that happened more than 7 days ago:
We can provide a safe place:

  • To discuss health concerns related to the assault/abuse
  • Answer any questions you may have regarding STI's
  • For a medical exam (if desired, you don't need to have one)

We provide services to people of diverse social and cultural backgrounds who have experienced sexual harm, whether recent or historic.  Services we offer include:

  • STI testing and treatment
  • Pregnancy testing and emergency contraception
  • Medical "off work" certificate
  • Referral for Specialist Support Services
  • ACC45 can be completed for support
  • We can consult with your GP and refer you to other health services as needed

Forensic services = an examination with the purpose of collecting DNA for a possible police report.  The exam is done by a specialist forensic team which includes a Forensic Examiner ( Dr or NP) and a Forensic Nurse and usually includes a support worker.

If you have been sexually assaulted in the last 7 days:

  • We can provide a full "forensic" (with DNA collection) exam, 24/7, with or without police involvement
  • We take detailed forensic notes so an "expert witness" statement can be prepared for court, if needed.

 Email wahimarie@tuora.org.nz or ring 0800 723 377 Mon - Fri 9am-4pm

All services are FREE of charge with no residency/eligibility criteria.


Wāhi Mārie | Sexual Assault Medical & Forensic (SAATS) | Non Fatal Strangulation (NFSS) Services

Dr Jen Haward  |  SAATS Clinical Lead & Forensic Examiner 

Dr Susanna Kent |  NFSS Clinical Lead & Forensic Examiner 
Dr Aoife Cahalin  |  Forensic Examiner 

Kim Lund, CNS  |  Service Manager  & Forensic Nurse 
Katherine Haftka, RN  |  Lead Nurse & Forensic Nurse

Sophie Craig | Kaiāwhina
Diane van Arem | Lead Administrator 



Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke

How do I access this service?


If you are a health provider and wish to make a referral to us, please send us a letter (EDI wahimari), a BPAC referral or password protected email and we will contact the survivor directly. Alternatively ring us on 04 805 0522 to discuss the referral with a clinician

Make an appointment

To make an appointment for a forensic examination-with or without police- 24/7- (within 7 days of the assault)

Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP (04) 801 6655  (24/7)

HV SASH - Hutt Valley Sexual Abuse Support and Healing 0800 226 694  (24/7)

Wairarapa Rape and Sexual Abuse Collective 0800 614 614 (24/7)

Wellington Rape Crisis (04) 801 8973 (M-F 9-4)

If you were sexually assaulted more than 7 days ago, call directly to us on 0800 723 377 M-F 9:00-4:00 for an appointment to talk with our health team or ring any of the above agencies and they can make a referral to us on your behalf.

Anyone can access

  • We provide FREE services for people 14 years of age and older (16 in Wairarapa).

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Contact us

0800 SAFESPACE  (0800 723 377)

Referral Expectations

Please provide us with the patient details, including the best way to contact them, along with a brief description of when the assault was and what it is that they would like from our service.

Fees and Charges Description

Services are free for NZ citizens, NZ residents and non-residents (visitors).


Mon – Fri 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Forensic exams are provided 24/7

Non forensic exams (Well checks) are available by appointment during standard business hours subject to public holiday closures.

Services Provided

Sexual abuse medical

Disability Assistance

Wheelchair access, Quiet, low sensory environment, A longer appointment time, Support to make decisions

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Metered on street parking, coupon parking, Wilson car parks all within walking distance



Contact Details

111 in an emergency

General Enquiries ring 0800 SAFE SPACE 0800 723 377 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

If you have been sexually assaulted, you can book a FREE well check/therapeutic medical visit with clinicians that specialise in working with people that have been sexually assaulted/abused.
RING  0800 SAFE SPACE 0800 723 377 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

To be seen for a forensic exam (DNA collection) 24/7, please contact your local Specialist Support agency below or Police. (Within 7 days of an assault).  You DO NOT need to report to police to receive care.

To discuss your options and get immediate 24/7 support, ring:

Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP (04) 801 6655  (24/7)

HV SASH - Hutt Valley Sexual Abuse Support and Healing 0800 226 694  (24/7)

- Wairarapa Rape and Sexual Abuse Collective 0800 614 614  (24/7)

  Monday-Friday 9am -4pm you can ring:
-  The sexual assault team on 0800 723 377
Wellington Rape Crisis (04) 801 8973 (M-F 9-4)

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This page was last updated at 10:38AM on February 26, 2024. This information is reviewed and edited by Wāhi Mārie - Sexual Assault Services.