16 Oct 2012

Funding crisis for sex assault helpine

7:42 pm on 16 October 2012

A helpline for victims of sexual assault may have its budget halved and faces having to cut services.

The Auckland-based HELP Foundation runs the city's 24-hour helpline but says there is a funding shortfall of $200,000.

Crisis services manager Aimee Stockenstroom says the Ministries of Justice, Health and Social Development together with ACC have been trying to find money to keep the service going around-the-clock.

Ms Stockenstroom says adults concerned about child abuse, rape survivors who need support in the middle of the night, and people who have recently been raped or assaulted are among those who rely on the helpline.