What Louise does
National Sexual Violence Survivor Advocacy
Louise Nicholas and her team help survivors of sexual violence.
• survivors navigate New Zealand's complicated court and social services system, when survivors feel vulnerable and hurt
• influence and change the system through input to legislation and government policy, and by changing community attitudes.
Safe - Louise and her team focus on emotional as well as physical safety. Safe relationships are consistent, predictable, nonviolent, non-shaming, non-blaming, and respectful.
Trust - they ensure survivors have clear expectation of their services by maintaining appropriate boundaries, being consistent and trustworthy, and holding their story and information confidential.
Choice - they prioritise survivor choice and decision-making; supporting a survivor’s control over their own healing journey.
Connection - they understand the importance of whānau and walk alongside the survivor and their loved ones.
Collaboration - they work with many other agencies and organisations to support the survivor’s intended goals for healing and justice.
Cultural Competence - they are sensitive, acknowledge and respect the role of culture in lived experience, healing routes, and decision-making.
To access advocacy services, please contact Louise at email@example.com or 021 326 505.