Sexual Harm Support (SAPRA)
Tautoko Whaimuri i te Taitōkai (SAPRA)
The NZDF Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Advisors (SAPRAs) provide practical information, resources, and support to NZDF members who are affected by any form of Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB). HSB includes sexual offences, sexual harassment, or sexualized social behaviour that has left someone feeling uncomfortable. If you are unsure if a SAPRA can help you, please phone and ask.
How a SAPRA can help support you
Workplace behaviour continuum
The NZDF would like to acknowledge the Canadian Armed Forces for the use of this continuum.
What is the role of the SAPRA?
Who do SAPRAs work with?
What do SAPRAs provide?
- Information about the reporting options, the investigation, and the discipline process;
- Referrals to internal and external care and/or treatment services;
- Education and training across the NZDF on healthy relationships and respectful behaviour.
Do I need to report the incident?
What should Commanders and Managers do?
- Advice on the physical and psychological safety for the victim/survivor and for the person accused;
- Advice on how to address a unit, e.g., what language to use regarding speculation;
- Advice on the options available for remedial education or treatment available for the person accused of sexual harassment (including making referrals as appropriate);
- Information about the process, e.g., New Zealand Police investigations.
How can I contact you?
If this is an emergency please call emergency services on 111.
You can contact a SAPRA by:
- Free call NZ 24/7 - 0800 693 324 (from 1st April 2024 this number will operate 7am-7pm NZST, 7 days a week)
- National (04) 527 5799
- International +64 4 527 5799
Call a regional SAPRA:
- Northern Region: Whenuapai / Papakura 021 908 424
- Northern Region: Devonport 021 913 608 or 027 213 3178
- Central Region: Linton 021 940 242
- Central Region: Ohakea/Waiouru 021 913 645
- Wellington Region 021 913 673
- Southern Region 021 913 691
How does reporting work - Disclosure Pathways
What should I do if someone tells me something has happened?
Acknowledge. Thank them for telling you. Reinforce that it can be very difficult to speak up about things of this nature.
Support. “I’m not a specialist in this area, but I do know some people who can help”. Offer to call the SAPRA to ask about options available. You can do this without having to provide identifying details for yourself or the person you’re calling on behalf of.
Safe To talk. An external to NZDF support option is the Safe to talk helpline which is a free anonymous service in New Zealand. Anyone can contact this helpline 24/7 about anything to do with any form of HSB on 0800 044 334 or email@example.com
Follow up. Ask the person what they want you to do. Agree on how and when you will get back to them. For example: “I’ll contact the SAPRA and then get back to you tomorrow with what they suggest” or “ Would you like me to call Safe to Talk with you here” or “I can get the number for you.” Equally, they might not want you to do anything other than listen. Respect that unless there are serious concerns for their or someone else’s
Service people note. Keeping the restricted disclosure option available.
“I’m pleased you’re able to come and see me. I understand these things can be difficult to discuss. It’s important to me that I support you. At this stage, so that you can have some choice about whether there’s an investigation or not, we need to talk without any specifics. So, without telling me what happened or who was involved, what can I do to help you feel safe right now?”
This approach will mean that you help to keep their options open while still being supportive. This aims to increase the sense of control for the victim/survivor. You can show support by finding the SAPRA number for them and making sure they have a private space to talk with the SAPRA. You can also talk to a SAPRA yourself for information, resources, or support. You could suggest contact with a SAPRA by saying something like:
“SAPRAs are in place to help us with things like this and will have advice for us. Do you want to be a part of that conversation? If you want, I can arrange for you to talk to a SAPRA privately to discuss your options and to help you make a decision about next steps.”