28 May Domestic violence survivor in the dark for months about counselling through ACC
A woman dealing with post-traumatic stress symptoms after escaping a violent relationship had to wait six months to hear whether she could get counselling through ACC.
The 28-year-old Auckland woman, who Stuff has agreed to identify as Lisa, said dealing with ACC had been “the biggest rigmarole of my life”.
She wanted ACC to understand how difficult it had been, in the hopes it would make the process simpler for those who need help.
Ten months ago, Lisa’s former partner came home drunk and “lost the plot”. He locked her in the house so she couldn’t get out and strangled her, she said.
He had been controlling throughout their 18-month relationship and had sought help for anger management in the past, but it had never gone that far, she said.