Damage and control
No kind of life
Escape to freedom
Psychologist Dr Ruth Jillings shares her advice for getting out of an emotionally abusive relationship
How to get help
Free and confidential help is available if you or someone you know is being abused. Call the free 24-hour Women's Refuge crisis line on 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843.
The Women's Refuge offers urgent safe accommodation across New Zealand and can house women and children in danger. womensrefuge.org.nz
A protection order protects you against someone you have a close relationship with, such as a partner or ex. It means an abuser can be arrested if they hurt, threaten or even approach you. justice.govt.nz
People who are experiencing violence or emotional abuse often feel isolated and ashamed, and your support could be vital. Let them know you are there for them.