01 Sep Victim Support CE encourages Asian community to ask for help in wake of recent crimes
31st August 2016
Victim Support CE encourages Asian community to ask for help in wake of recent crimes
Victim Support Chief Executive Kevin Tso is encouraging Asian New Zealanders affected by crime to ask for help.
“There has been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about high rates of crime affecting Asian communities in Auckland,” said Mr Tso.
“The Police are working hard and doing an outstanding job. The Police Asian Liaison Team in particular do great work to ensure the needs of Asian victims are met. However, crime remains an issue of significant and growing importance for Asian communities.”
Victim Support is the leading victim services agency in New Zealand, providing a range of support services to victims of crime and trauma, including emotional support and assistance to navigate the justice system.
Over the last two years, Victim Support has seen a steady increase in the number of Asian victims receiving support in Auckland, with the total almost doubling since 2014.
While the trend may in part reflect an increase in those communities’ willingness to ask for help, Mr Tso says there is still a pressing need to get the message out that it is okay to ask for help after a traumatic event.
“As a Chinese New Zealander myself, I know that we often feel ashamed to ask for help. But actually, after a serious crime or trauma most people need help to get their life back on track. Not asking for it can end up being very unhealthy for our jobs, families, and communities,” said Mr Tso.
“It’s important that in our communities Asian New Zealanders are talking not just about the impacts of crime but also how we support victims who are affected by it.”
Victim Support’s trained volunteer Support Workers are already doing a lot of work in Asian communities and are available to help. They are there to listen, as well as help victims get through the justice system, deal with the police and the courts, and access other public services.
“I encourage anyone who has been struggling with the effects of crime to call our Victims’ Line on 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) and see how we can help,” said Mr Tso.
How to get help:
People needing help after a crime or other traumatic incident can call our free Victims’ Line on 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846).
Our partnership with Language Line means we can have an interpreter added to a call for non-English speakers (our team members may place callers on hold for a few moments to connect to the interpreter).
Victims are then matched to their own Support Worker who can visit in their home or anywhere that suits them. Our Support Workers can help victims in over 20 different languages between them.
How you can help others:
Donate to Victim Support – Online at www.victimsupport.org.nz or call us on 0800 VS DONATE (0800 873 662).
Become a volunteer – our service is provided by trained volunteers in communities nationwide. If you would like to find out more about volunteering to help victims of crime, trauma, and other life changing events, call us on 0800 VOLUNTEER (0800 865 868).
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