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Sexual Harm Service



Counselling services for children, youth and adult victims/survivors of sexual violence and related trauma.

Age: Children, Youth, Adults, Family/Whānau (all ages and genders)

Region: Christchurch


START provides recovery support counselling and information in a safe-space for anyone who has experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. We help to address the psychological and emotional harm impacts on the victim/survivor.  We offer information and support for the victim's family/whānau and the wider community regarding sexual abuse. 

We are an ACC Sensitive Claims provider and if eligible for this, all face-to-face counselling is FREE. Phone and face-to-face consultations, including family/whānau support are also FREE. If ineligible for ACC counselling cover, costs can be negotiated.

How to Access:

For counselling and support following sexual violence call (03) 355 4414 or fill out a referral form from the website and START will consider the appropriate care required.  

For an Adult referral form click here.  No formal police reports are required.

For a Child and Adolescent referral see specific criteria here

Consultations and Education

We provide consultations and education regarding sexual violence. START provides low cost workshops, seminars and courses relating to Child, Youth and/or Adult Sexual Violence which are  tailored to community groups, social service agencies, other professionals and school communities.

How to Access:

Visit our website here to send an enquiry or for more information.

Call (03) 355 4414



START employs trained, qualified and experienced clinicians to undertake its clinical work.


Child / Tamariki, Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

How do I access this service?

Contact us

Phone 03 3554414


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FREE Counselling where ACC eligible, otherwise fees by negotiation.

FREE Consultations by phone or face-to-face.

Education prices by negotiation.


Mon9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tue – Fri9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Labour Day (24 Oct), Canterbury Anniversary (11 Nov), Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (7 Apr), Easter Sunday (9 Apr), Easter Monday (10 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (5 Jun), Matariki (14 Jul).

Languages Spoken

English, German

Services Provided

Sexual harm victims/survivors - Do you need help and support?

  • Support and counselling
  • Groups and programmes

Sexual harm victims/survivors - Do you need ACC counselling?

Sexual harm - training, education, workforce development

Wheelchair Access




Contact Details

18 Queenswood Gardens
Canterbury 8052

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18 Queenswood Gardens
Canterbury 8052

Postal Address

18 Queenswood Gardens
Christchurch 8052

This page was last updated at 3:22PM on February 10, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by START.