Young People

Everyone has the right to feel safe in their family, their relationship, their neighbourhood, at school and at work.

If you are worried about your own safety or another young person's safety call the Police on 111, or phone the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki on 0508 326 459 (lines open 24/7) or email


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If you are affected by violence, there are people you can talk to.

Think of adults who you trust, maybe a relative, parents of a friend, a neighbour or sports coach.

If you are at school you could talk to a teacher, social worker or guidance counsellor.

Seek help if someone frightens, hurts, harasses, bullies or intimidates you. Keep telling adults until you are believed and someone helps you.

Young people can be abused by girlfriends or boyfriends, or ex-partners, but also by family members or other people you live with or people who are meant to care for you.

Violence can include being physically hurt but it also includes things like being harassed or stalked online or constantly being checked in on, put down, told what to wear or do, in ways that makes you scared. Pressuring someone for sex or to watch porn is not ok.

If you are in a relationship but you're unsure that it's healthy and good for both of you check out our positive relationship quiz to see if things are ok.

You could ring 0800 456 450 and find out what organisations there are in your community for young people affected by family violence.

There are lots of people who can help or offer advice. Check out these websites:

Research: Preventing adolescent relationship abuse and promoting healthy relationships (New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, 2017)

Statistic Tile for printing: STAT TILE YOUNG PEOPLE [PDF 116 KB]