RISE, formerly SVS - Living Safe, is a provider of professional family violence services. For more than 35 years, we have helped individuals and families seek and achieve real change to live healthier and safer lives. We are an accredited service, approved by the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Justice, and the Department of Corrections. We are a charitable NGO.

We work with people responsible for the family violence as well as people who experience it. It is only when we work with the entire whānau – including the perpetrator of the harm who also needs help – that everyone can develop sustainable ways of preventing future violence. A family-centred approach gives everyone a better chance of creating lasting change.

Our counsellors and social workers have significant education in their specialised fields. They undergo further on-the-job training with RISE to enrich their formal qualifications to specialise in this work.

RISE clients, regardless of gender and age, can take part in one-on-one counselling, specialised programmes for individuals or groups, ongoing education, and other services. Clients either self-refer or are mandated to attend our programmes. They come from all backgrounds and we ensure our staff reflect our community. We also deliver community education and training.

We serve communities in Nelson, Tasman, the West Coast, Marlborough and Kaikoura. Our primary office is in Nelson and we have an office in Motueka, both in the top of the South Island of New Zealand. We are a member of the National Network of Family Violence Services and participate in a daily local meeting working to prevent family harm.

Strategic Documents

In July 2021, SVS - Living Safe changed its name to RISE. The following strategic document names and branding will be updated as we roll-out our brand change. They are still active documents. Thank you for patience.

RISE Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025
The organisation's strategic plan.
RISE Strategic Plan 2020-2025.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 162.3 KB

RISE delivers services into Nelson, Motueka, Golden Bay, Marlborough, Kaikoura, 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


Motueka Office

15b Courtney Street

(site of Jack Inglis Care Home)

Phone: 03 528 8976