Shorty Tackles Domestic Abuse
Shortland Street continues the tradition of tackling the important issues.
This month the show has been looking into the tough subject of domestic abuse.
The storyline, which features Jemima (Leisha Ward Knox) and Michael Hampton Rees' (Duane Evans Jr), has been giving the Kruse/Miller family some reasons for concern on screen lately.
Domestic violence is a major issue that spans the world, but is one of New Zealand's gravest social issues.
It's a crime that impacts thousands of New Zealanders each year.
Statistics show that domestic violence is one of the leading causes of injury and death to women.
Domestic violence also leads to other short and long-term health problems such as mental illness.
If you, or someone you know is being abused by a partner or family member, there are number of helplines available:
Family Violence Information Line (0800 456 450)
Provides self-help information and connects people to services where appropriate. It is available seven days a week, from 9am to 11pm, with an after-hours message redirecting callers in the case of an emergency.
Shine (0508 744 633)
Shine's toll-free domestic abuse helpline for confidential support, information, advice is available nationwide. Call free, 9am to 11pm, 7 days a week.
Every year, Shine directly helps thousands of adult and child victims of domestic abuse. Helping them to be safer, and motivating hundreds of men that hurt their families to change their behaviour. They help thousands more by supporting and training other professionals to effectively intervene and support victims of domestic abuse.
Child, Youth and Family (0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)
Phone if you are concerned about a child or young person.
Women's Refuge (0800 REFUGE (733 843)
Phone or look in the White pages of the phone book for your local refuge.
Are You OK? (0800 456 450)
It's Not OK is a community-driven behaviour change campaign to reduce family violence in New Zealand. Their goal is to change attitudes and behaviour that tolerate any kind of family violence.