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Two organisations that support road crash victims say they’re disappointed a plan to test for drug driving has been scrapped and denied the chance for a public debate. Victim Support and Brake, the road safety charity, are calling on the Government to urgently develop an......

While New Zealand’s homicide rate is falling, too many families are still facing the trauma of homicide, says Victim Support Chief Executive Kevin Tso. New Zealand Police released figures today showing the provisional number of homicides for 2017 was 48 – the lowest in 40......

Bereaved friends, witnesses, and families are the forgotten victims behind New Zealand’s increasing suicide rate, says Victim Support. Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall today released the annual provisional suicide statistics, showing 668 people died by suicide in New Zealand in the 2017/18 year.  The suicide......

Victims’ needs must be at the heart of any reforms to criminal justice system, says Victim Support Acting Chief Executive Karen McLeay following this week’s justice summit. Ms McLeay said Victim Support welcomed the opportunity to participate in the summit, which sparked a much-needed debate......

Victim Support is congratulating the Government and Auckland City Council for upping the ante on Auckland’s road safety. “After five consecutive years of rapid growth in deaths and serious injuries on Auckland roads, the 2018 ATAP finally offers credible steps to begin turning around Auckland’s......

Victim Support is welcoming the Government’s new Draft Policy Statement on Land Transport as an opportunity to enhance safety on our roads, and encouraging the Government to set specific targets to improve safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Victim Support is......

Victims the winners from extra funding, though more investment needed for victim services Today’s announcement of additional funding for Police and the justice sector is welcome news for victims of crime says Victim Support Chief Executive Kevin Tso, but must be matched with investment in......

Victim Support is applauding the Government for acting boldly to address New Zealand’s high rates of family violence. Chief Executive Kevin Tso says the package of reforms has the potential to be a “game changer for victims of family violence”, but only if resources are......

Kevin Tso, Victim Support’s Chief Executive says that Victim Support commends the appointment of New Zealand’s first Chief Victims Advisor, Dr Kim McGregor. The Minister of Justice, Amy Adams says the appointment is an important step to ensuring victims are placed at the heart of......

Today, The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem Charitable Trust will make the first of three yearly donations of $10,000 to Victim Support for its work supporting the people of Canterbury as they continue to contend with the emotional and physical after-effects of natural disasters.......

During this past December when the country was in holiday mode, Victim Support staff and volunteers were responding to a massive 30.9% increase in calls to support victims.  Last December it received 4641 calls compared to 6074 this year. Read the full media release here....

At the prestigious New Zealander of the Year gala event in Auckland, Victim Support won the Mitre 10 Community of the Year national award. Every year, this award recognises Kiwis making positive contributions to NZ communities and acknowledges organisations working together to build better communities. Victim......