Purposeful Peer Support

Aviva’s Purposeful Peer Support specialists use their lived experience of successfully overcoming violence and its enduring effects to walk alongside others, regardless of whether they have used or experienced violence, and support their journey.

Purposeful Peer Support provides the connection of shared experience and understanding when it comes to family violence. A ‘peer’ represents hope and the tangible evidence that a life free from violence is achievable. They also demonstrate that overcoming family violence is something to be proud of and to share.  

The value of peer support is well established across a broad range of health and social needs, but it is a new service model for family violence in New Zealand. Research into peer support indicates that when it is coupled with other services, client outcomes are significantly improved. We believe that Purposeful Peer Support adds yet another vital layer to the range of supports already offered by Aviva.

Read, watch & listen to some of the voices of those with lived experience to see how they overcame violence.

How is it offered?

A Peer Support Specialist can support any person on their journey towards a violence-free future. Peer support is founded on mutual understanding, acceptance, trust, and shared knowledge of how to become and remain safe.

There are no assessments or pre-determined outcomes.

Our peer support is accompanied by standards of practice and systems for assuring quality and the safety of both members of the peer relationship.

People may choose to access peer support at any stage of their journey – before working with a Family Support Worker; while working with one; while waiting for a group education programme to begin (these run in line with school terms); after undertaking a programme; or at later stages of their journey when other challenges present themselves.

There are a number of ways you can access peer support:

One-to-One Support

Our Peer Support Specialists can work alongside you at any point in your journey. They can support you to identify your strengths and work on a vision for your future. If you'd like to receive one-on-one support from someone who has survived family violence and come out the other side, you can complete a self-referral form here or contact our peer support team.

Purposeful Peer Support Workshop

Aviva's Purposeful Peer Support workshop is an eight-week course designed not only as a great tool for personal self-development, but also to better equip people to use their experience of trauma to support others on a similar journey. ‘Lived experience’ is a pre-requisite to the training together with other personal qualities. Click on this link to find out more about Purposeful Peer Support Workshop, after reading are you interested in joining the workshop?

Download the Peer Support brochure.