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Get Support…….

We are ready to help when you need us.
We are aware that no two survivors have the same experience, and we strive to provide help that respects the differences amongst us.
We can walk with you on your road to recovery, providing appropriate & sensitive support for not only survivors of sexual violence, but also their whanau and friends.

About Us

ARCS (Abuse and Rape Crisis Support) began in March 1982 in response to a number of sexual assaults that were happening in the community at that time. A public meeting was held to discuss what could be done to stop this violence occurring and from that meeting the Palmerston North Women’s Neighbourhood Action Group was formed.
The three main objectives of the Group were to form a rape crisis phone service; to hold public meetings across Palmerston North to raise the issue of sexual violence;and to provide education on sexual violence to the public.
In August, 1984 the Rape Crisis office opened at Square Edge and we became incorporated in 1986.
In 2001 we were located in the Womens centre in Waldegrave St and we changed our name to Manawatu Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, reflecting the geographical area and that our services covered all aspects of sexual violence.
In November 2009 our name was again changed to Abuse & Rape Crisis Support Manawatu becoming commonly known as ARCS to more accurately reflect that the programmes we run encompass also cover areas of family violence and anger management. In January 2010 we relocated to 10 Linton Street and had a staff of 5
Today ARCS has outreach offices in both Levin & Dannevirke providing support for Manawatu, Tararua & Horowhenua. We have a dedicated and experienced staff of 14 ( still including 4 from 2009 staff of 5) and they are spread across these area’s providing support and counselling services.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
– Carl Bard

Our Services

Abuse & Rape Crisis Support (ARCS) Manawatu provides services to women, children and men who are survivors of sexual violence and also to their families. We work across all cultural groups and all age groups.

Our services include:

  • Support, both to indivuduals and groups
  • Counselling
  • Childrens programmes
  • Community education programmes


To eliminate rape and sexual violence through social change, specialised education, support, and crisis intervention.


A sexual violence free world


Our values are:

              • Passion
              • Respect
              • Integrity
              • Commitment
              • Empathy

Abuse & Rape Crisis Support Manawatu is grateful for the financial support provided by the following funding agencies, and individuals.

As a result of their financial assistance we have always been able to provide our services free of charge to all those who wish to access them.

      • Oranga Tamariki 
      • Ministry of Social Development     
      • Community Response Fund
      • Ministry of Justice
      • New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
      • Palmerston North City Council -SAPC
      • Strengthening Families Program
      • Milverton Trust
      • J  Wall
      • New Zealand Post – Community Post Program
      • The Business Group

In addition we receive other private donations – thank you to these unnamed individuals for your support.

 Your caring goes a long way.

Get In Touch


06 356 5868

National Sexual Harm Support Line – Safe to Talk

0800 044 334


10 Linton Street, Palmerston North 4410 93150


Monday to Friday:  9am–5pm

Saturday & Sunday:  Closed