A strong focus on victims in the criminal justice system helps reduce the cost and impact of crime on individuals. It can also improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the justice system and resolve cases more quickly. We work to:
minimise the financial and emotional effects of crime on victims
allow services for victims to be provided in a timely and credible way
A number of government and non-government agencies provide services to victims of crime. We work with these agencies to provide advice and coordinate effective services for victims.
Support for victims: Additional support for victims of serious crime
Enhancing rights review: Reviewing the rights of victims in the criminal justice system
Victims Centre: Development of a Victims Code
Sexual violence: Reviewing the law relating to sexual violence
Government Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence: The Government's response to sexual violence issues.
If you or your family or whānau have been affected by crime, there are a range of services available to help you deal with the practical and emotional effects of the crime at each stage of the criminal justice process, and afterwards.