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February 2021 · February 08, 2021
Dads’ group gets underway in March at SVS – Living Safe to help dads develop skills and manage pressures.

January 2021 · January 05, 2021
Our Board has just completed a strategic planning process that provides focus to our work over the next five years. The result is the SVS Living Safe Strategic Plan 2020-25 and there is both an internal and external focus.

December 2020 · December 13, 2020
We were impressed by Kay Douglas’ new book Men Making Changes. It’s a very good introduction to people new to family violence, especially for those who are friends and family and are noticing something’s not quite right with someone in their life. Our clinicians are going to incorporate it into the new Whanau Resilience programme to help friends, family members, work colleagues, etc who may suspect someone they know is experiencing family harm.

December 2020 · December 01, 2020
At SVS - Living Safe a group of women meet weekly to connect and share their experiences of family violence. The women are likely to have experienced significant distress and, as a result of feeling vulnerable, they begin a slower journey back to themselves and back to safety. For some this may be the beginning of identifying their own needs, wants and thoughts. The programme is called Inside Out. For many participants it precedes our Women’s Safe programme and allows them time to find...

November 2020 · November 24, 2020
Alex Ness from New Zealand Rugby (NZR) visited our own Aaron Agnew, Kaimahi with the Whānau Resilience service, and Lois Hewetson, Clinical Leader, just over a week ago while visiting the Nelson region. Alex is the Te Hurihanga Advisor at NZR and his role is to support the delivery of education sessions and Rugby’s response to incidents of harm. Alex has a background in therapeutic interventions with men who have done harm and also in national campaigns targeting family violence.

November 2020 · November 02, 2020
Over the weekend the Government announced the creation of a new ministerial role to lead the way toward dealing with one of New Zealand’s most troubling problems, family violence. Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson was appointed the country’s first-ever Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence.
October 2020 · October 20, 2020
Last year the Ministry of Social Development granted funds to SVS – Living Safe and four other family violence organisations in the Top of the South Island to develop five new programmes within each of the five communities. The initiative is called Whānau Resilience and the funding is spread out over five years to identify a need, design a service, and implement and analyse it.

October 2020 · October 13, 2020
Last year SVS – Living Safe became part of an exciting new initiative to develop a new service for its clients. The programme is out of the Ministry of Social Development and is called Whānau Resilience. We were one of five organisations in the Top of the South and one of dozens across New Zealand granted funds over five years to identify a need in our own community, design a service, implement it, and then assess it.

October 2020 · October 12, 2020
We are very pleased to have clinician Seth Turner’s experience and training to share with SVS – Living Safe’s family violence clients.

October 2020 · October 07, 2020
There is an increasing number of teens in recent months with higher levels of anxiety, says SVS – Living Safe Clinician Seth Turner, who works one-on-one with many youth clients.

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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


Motueka Office

Jack Inglis Hospital

15b Courtney Street

Phone: 03 528 8976