Accessing ACC counselling

In New Zealand, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) helps pay for counselling for many survivors of sexual assault. The process of submitting a claim to have ACC provide subsidised counselling changes regularly. For up to date information contact ACC – www.acc.co.nz or call their sensitive claims department on 0800 735 566. Usually you do not have to apply to ACC yourself – your counsellor or GP can fill out the forms for you during your first few counselling sessions.

Even when ACC pays for most of your counselling costs there may be a surcharge that you have to pay. Some counsellors will charge a small amount to the client above the ACC subsidy. These additional charges are rarely large, and many counsellors have a sliding scale of charges, where you pay less if you are on a low income.

If you would like to find a counsellor who is experienced in working with survivors of sexual assault, contact your nearest sexual assault agency.