Help for victims of crime
If you or someone you care about is the victim of a crime, there's support and help available.
Support for victims
- emotional and practical support
- financial assistance
- referral to other support services
- advocacy for victims rights.
Grants to help you with costs you have after a serious crime.
How parents and whānau can support a young witness through the legal system.
For serious crimes, you’ll get a police officer assigned to your case.
The Victims Code includes:
- standards of service you can expect from government agencies
- a summary of the criminal justice process
- the help, support, programmes and services you can access from government agencies and in the community.
Criminal justice system
Get support to deal with the practical and emotional effects of the crime at each stage of the criminal justice process.
It’s extremely traumatic to lose a loved one in a homicide. Support can help as your family and whānau deal with the impacts of the crime.
The effects of sexual violence can be traumatic and long-lasting. Everyone reacts differently and needs different kinds of support.
A free and confidential service to help you take part in the court process — from the defendant’s first day in court until sentencing and through any appeals.
Parole hearings, writing a submission, your rights, notifications and more.
The victim and offender can meet to discuss what happened and what should be done. Both parties have to agree to do this.
The process when a coroner is involved.
Other helpful information and services
In court, the jury or judge will take into account your victim impact statement and many other factors about the crime.
What happens in court.
You can make a statement to the court on how the crime has affected you.
If you’re on the register you’ll be told when the parole board will consider if the offender is ready for parole or release.
Learn about youth court, who’s involved, your rights, family group conferences and more.
When the court orders an offender to pay you money.