Support line launched for rape and abuse victims

Updated at 5:57 am on 5 May 2013

A national freephone number is being launched as a support line for victims of rape and sexual abuse.

The service set up by the National Collective of Rape Crisis and Related Groups will be be staffed by support workers based in designated centres around New Zealand.

The collective says workers have been trained by Rape Crisis to give free and confidential advice, counselling, information and advocacy.

Spokesperson Georgia Knowles says she hopes the service will mean more survivors of rape and sexual abuse feel encouraged to come forward, because they won't have to worry about paying for the call or having to find their nearest support centre.

The 0800 88 33 00 helpline begins on Monday.

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