Our BRAVE Values
TRUST - we strive to establish and maintain trust in our work. Our services are completely confidential and non-judgmental.
COMPASSION - we believe that compassion is empathy in action. We understand how sexual assault can impact survivors and are motivated to find pathways and resources to help alleviate their suffering and create a safe space in which to heal.
EMPOWERMENT - our goal is to strengthen the skills and confidence of survivors so they feel empowered to address their experiences, prevent further trauma, and take steps to promote their own wellbeing and interests.
CONNECTION - we all carry an innate need to connect with others and BRAVE understands how fundamental this is to our wellbeing. We are here to support young wahine to form connections, with peers and the community, but also with themselves and their trauma.
Our BRAVE Beginning
BRAVE has its roots in the successful Hawke's Bay Police Wahine Toa programme – established in 2001 by Senior Constable Sue Guy and Sergeant Su Robinson.
The Wahine Toa programme focused on improving the safety, education, well-being and self-esteem of sexual abuse survivors, and was replicated in other regions of New Zealand and Australia.
Today, the BRAVE team are carrying on that work, with the benefit of 20 years of learnings and experiences.