Support for People Overcoming Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Support Service Canterbury (SASSC) supports adult victims (of all genders) of recent or historic rapes and/or sexual assaults. 

SASSC provides 24/7 rape/sexual assault support, including support to attend medical exams or give Police statements; access to counselling (both ACC and non ACC); support for parents/whanau of people who have been sexually abused; support and advocacy services; and community education and resources.

A 24/7 support line ((03) 377 5402) is staffed by a pool of dedicated volunteers who are supported by a co-ordinator, and Social Workers. They may provide you with information about other relevant services, and options for ongoing support. Alternatively, the Safe To Talk free phone number is 0800 044 334, and they can refer to SASSC. 

SASSC is delivered in conjunction with the Cambridge Clinic, Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care Canterbury and the Police, and with support from START. 

SASSC is currently available in Christchurch, North Canterbury, Selwyn and Ashburton.

If you are an external agency wanting to refer a client to SASSC, you can find our referral forms here.

Read about SASSC and other support services that may be useful to you.

Read the research report regarding operation of the service and recommendations to ensure optimal delivery of such services here.

Other Avenues of Support 

  • Safe To Talk
    A national website and helpline available 24 hours a day.
  • Cambridge Clinic
    The Cambridge Clinic is a specialist medical service for men and women who have been sexually assaulted or abused, recently or in the past. We will see anybody, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or residential status. Our specially trained staff provide medical and forensic examinations, and practical and emotional support. We can also refer you to other agencies that can help.
  • Child Sex Abuse
    START is a specialist Christchurch NGO social service that has significant experience in the field of sexual abuse recovery work with child, youth and adult victims of sexual crime. 
  • Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians
    MEDSAC is a professional organisation of doctors whose focus is to educate and support other medical practitioners in best practice related to the medical and forensic management of sexual assault.
  • Rape Prevention Education
    Registered as Rape Crisis Auckland Incorporated. A non-profit organisation providing support and resources about education, research information for those working in the field, or to victims of sexual crime needing support.
  • Ethnic Women Support
    The Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group (Christchurch) was founded by ethnic women in Christchurch in response to the need for support services for migrant and refugee women (and their children), struggling to overcome the barriers associated with domestic violence, migration and isolation.
  • Male Survivors Aotearoa
    This Christchurch based Trust was established to enable men to meet with other men who had suffered similar traumatic experiences when they were children.
  • Christchurch Victim Support Services
    Their mission is to ensure that victims of crime, accident and emergency are well supported, safe and in control of their lives.
  • ACC funds support following sexual violence

    ACC offers fully-funded and immediate support and treatment – including support for your family and whÄ�nau. It doesn’t matter if it happened recently or a long time ago, there’s support available when you’re ready.

  • Mental Health Education and Resource Centre
    Provide free mental health information to the people of the Southern Region of New Zealand.