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Mid-South Island STAR Centre

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    24/7 Crisis response service, specialist medical forensic examinations and counselling support for those affected by recent or historic sexual abuse.

    Call 24-hours 7-days 0800 00 7750 

    Age: Children & Adults - male and female

    Region: Timaru, Waimate, Mackenzie and Waitaki Districts


    STAR (Sexual, Trauma, Abuse, Recovery) offers immediate crisis help 7-days a week for confidential advice, information and counselling support to those who have experienced sexual harm, including support for their whanau.  

    Specialist Support Services include:

    • 24/7 sensitive care and assistance in a crisis
    • Advocacy and support
    • Assistance with Police interviews
    • Forensic medical examinations 
    • Sexual abuse assessment and treatment
    • Follow-up medical examinations if required

    Counselling services include:

    • Face-to-face or remote crisis counselling during or immediately following a crisis
    • Face-to-face support sessions to provide information and coping mechanisms
    • Referral to other support providers that will best meet the survivor's needs, including ACC Sensitive Claims

    Crisis Social Support services include:

    • Support and assistance with prcactical matters during the crisis period
    • Accessing Work & Income support
    • Help with alternative accommodation and basic necessities
    • Child care during the crisis period

    Translators can be available on request.

    All our services are FREE

    How to Access:

    The STAR Centre is operated by Mid-South Island Women's Refuge & Family Safety Services

    In an emergency dial 111

    Local CRISIS LINE and office 0800 00 77 50 or (03) 684 8280 

    Office: (03) 684 8280



    Sexual harm victims/survivors - Do you need help and support?
    Abuse and violence support
    Social work

    Age groups

    • Child / Tamariki
    • Youth / Rangatahi
    • Adult / Pakeke
    • Older adult / Kaumātua