Peer Support

“Finally someone got where I was coming from and was on my side.” - Purposeful Peer Support client

Everybody deserves to live a life free from violence and abuse, but the journey towards a violence-free future can be long and challenging. Others that have traveled that path are here at Aviva to walk alongside you.

Who is Aviva’s purposeful peer support for?

Aviva’s purposeful peer support is for anyone who has experienced, or used violence or abuse. It is for people of all genders, who have experience of both historic and recent violence or abuse.

What is purposeful peer support?

Aviva Purposeful Peer Support connects you with another person who has used or experienced violence/abuse, and moved on to a life free from violence.

Peer support is founded on mutual understanding, acceptance, trust, and shared knowledge of how to become and remain safe.

There are no assessments or pre-determined outcomes, and you can access peer support for whatever part of your journey you are on.

We offer both one-on-one peer support, and workshops. For details of upcoming workshops, see below.

Upcoming courses and workshops

Aviva's Purposeful Peer Support Service often runs workshops to empower communities and professionals to better support people.


Our next course starts on Monday 12 October and runs for eight weeks (one day per week). It is open to adults who have successfully overcome family violence and want to gain skills to support others. Applicants are required to fill out an Expression of Interest form (below) and be available for a phone conversation to discuss your readiness for group work.

Full course description.

Expression of Interest.


Contact Us

  • Call us on (03) 378 3847 or 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669) - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people in Canterbury
  • Email (this inbox is checked Monday-Friday, 9-5)
  • Please complete a referral form and forward to Aviva by email or post - PO Box 24161, Christchurch 8141. The peer referral form can be completed by anyone (in fact it’s best if it comes from the person itself)