Our History

RISE first began in the 1980s when a group of men came together to support the work of Refuge and Rape Crisis in Nelson through fund raising and other support they could offer. This gradually evolved into providing services for men, initially as a support group and then providing educational programmes for men who were perpetrators of family violence.


Originally known as Men for Non Violence (Nelson) Inc the service has undergone several name changes and service evolutions. In July 2013 we changed our name to SVS- Living Safe to reflect the delivery of services across the broader Tasman region. In July 2021, SVS became RISE: Respect, Inspire, Support, Empower.


RISE is an Incorporated Society registered with the Charities Commission (CC24151).


RISE is affiliated to the National Network of Family Violence Services, Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga- www.nnfvs.org.nz

RISE delivers services into Nelson, Motueka, Golden Bay, Marlborough, Kaikoura, and the West Coast.
Please contact our Nelson office for information.

Nelson Office

Level 3, 295 Trafalgar Street

Phone: 03 548 3850

Txt: 027 548 3850


Motueka Office

15b Courtney Street

(site of Jack Inglis Care Home)

Phone: 03 528 8976