COVID-19: We are still operating as an essential service

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister that New Zealand is entering a Level 4 alert in response to COVID-19, we want to advise existing and potential clients that SVS – Living Safe is considered an essential service and we remain open. We have made changes to our service, however, that you need to be aware of.

  1. All of our staff who work across Nelson, Motueka, Golden Bay, Marlborough, West Coast, and Kaikoura are working remotely.
  2. Clinicians are meeting with clients by telephone or internet, not in person.
  3. If you need to contact us, you can do so during normal business hours by phone at 027 548 3850 or by email only at this time.
  4. We will not be starting new group programmes at this time.

These changes will remain in place at least for the next four weeks. Otherwise, SVS – Living Safe is operating business as usual. We will continue to communicate updates and other business as usual information with you on our Facebook page and here on our website.

Click here for resources that are available during the COVID-19 lockdown.


Finally, this is a time we have to come together around COVID-19/Coronavirus, and especially for friends and family who might be extra vulnerable due to a difficult relationship and the requirement to physically isolate at home. Let's pay a bit more attention to and take care of these women, men & children who might be at risk. And please call us if you or anyone you know needs help.

Thank you
Dee Cresswell, General Manager


We offer a variety of services including training, education, counselling, family whanau, group or individual support to anyone who has been impacted by violence or abuse in all its forms.

All services can be accessed as a self-referral, or through third party referrals including but not limited to health services, court services, child services, schools, government departments, self and parents. Mandated clients are fully funded and  there is partial funding available for other clients. SVS Living Safe relies on fundraising to provide these services. Where possible a small koha is requested but will not be a barrier to accessing any support.

When I got here for first session I thought it was going to be a joke. After 2 or 3 sessions I realised I was not perfect. I learned heaps. My eldest son tells me, 'Dad you’ve changed heaps, how come you’re not getting so angry anymore?' Oh don’t I? I haven’t noticed,
every-one else has.


SVS-Living Safe delivers services into Marlborough, Nelson, Motueka, Golden Bay and the West Coast.
Please contact our Nelson office for information.

Nelson Office

Level 3, 295 Trafalgar Street

Phone: 03 548 3850

Txt: 027 548 3850

admin@svs.org.nz

Motueka Office

Jack Inglis Hospital

15b Courtney Street

Phone: 03 528 8976