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New domestic abuse awareness campaign for communities across Canterbury and New Zealand.

Who is Hussain – Christchurch is proud to have collaborated with Canterbury Resilience Foundation to bring together Christchurch community leaders from a range of diverse backgrounds for a new domestic violence campaign. 

Seeing the spike in incidents around New Zealand as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, we consulted with Aviva to create a campaign that targets various communities in Canterbury and across the country.

The result is a video featuring local leaders and influencers speaking up about family harm. It includes Gamal Fouda, Imam of Al Noor Mosque; Matt Brown from She Is Not Your Rehab; Narinder Singh Warraich from Canterbury Punjabi Association; and Josiah Tualamali'i, Pasifika Community Advocate – plus many more stand-out figures from Christchurch. 

The campaign aims to highlight that domestic abuse can happen to anyone – no matter where you come from, your background, race, religion or social status.

“Covid-19 has triggered an important conversation about domestic violence, which has always been an issue but is now being talked about more widely. We wanted to highlight the elephant in the room and make sure that people in our city and across Aotearoa understand what abuse is and that there is help available,” Zahra Hussaini, Christchurch representative from Who Is Hussain  says.

“We want everyone in Canterbury and around New Zealand to understand that emotional harm, withholding access to finances, as well as physical violence are all forms of abuse. We want to help them know what to look for, understand when their situation is not okay, and how they can reach out for help.” Abdigani Ali, Founder of Canterbury Resilience Foundation says.

If you need support, there is so much help available.

Canterbury Helplines

Aviva  
0800 28482 669 
avivafamilies.org.nz 
24/7 
 
West Christchurch Women’s Refuge
03 379 0575 or 0800 REFUGE (733 843) 
westchchwomensrefuge.org.nz 
24/7 
 
National Helplines
 
Safe To Talk 
Sexual Harm Helpline 
safetotalk.nz
24/7  

Shine  
0508 744 633 
2shine.org.nz 
9am – 11 pm (7 days a week) 

Hey Bro
0800 Hey Bro (439 276)
hewakatapu.org.nz/services/0800-hey-bro
24/7

Women’s Refuge
0800 REFUGE (733 843)
womensrefuge.org.nz
24/7 
 
Are You Ok?  
0800 456 450 
areyouok.org.nz 
9 am – 11 pm (7 days a week) 
 
Need to Talk? 
Call or text 1737 
1737.org.nz 
24/7