Whanau / Support People


  • An opportunity to validate and support the person harmed and to challenge any minimisation of the harmful behaviours the person responsible for causing the harm might attempt.
  • Alerting those within the support systems of both parties to any offending patterns or risks. This enables support systems & communities to support those causing the harm to keep themselves safe, particularly those within the family and surrounding community.
  • An opportunity to transform relationships so that victims/ survivors and the person responsbile for sexual harms can co exist in a shared community  (Julich, 2006).