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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......

In this spring edition of Voice, we look at Homicide. Sadly, for an average of around 70 families a year, their world is suddenly rocked with their loved one dying by homicide. While losing a loved one is never easy, a homicide brings another layer......

Suicide has many hidden impacts, particularly for those it leaves behind. Every loss sends a ripple of grief and shock through a family, school or workplace, and community. That’s why Victim Support’s trained volunteers provide practical help and emotional support for over 3000 people a year affected......

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......

The Winter edition of our Voice newsletter is now available. In this edition we acknowledge National Volunteer Week with a story about a very special Volunteer Support Worker, Donna Knoef, as well as giving voice to those directly impacted by crime, sharing the true stories of four......

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......

The autumn edition of our Voice newsletter is now available. In this edition we take a look at the impact of burglary and robbery on our lives. Such incidents can have a huge impact on our lives, be it our home or our place of......

The latest edition of our Voice newsletter is available now. This edition focuses on the tragic reality of summer on our roads – the impact of road accidents.  A single accident can affect the lives of so many people – friends, families, loved ones, witnesses,......

The latest edition of our Voice newsletter is available now.  This edition focuses on supporting victims of sexual harm.  It’s difficult to say exactly what the level of sexual harm is here in New Zealand given that the majority of sexual harm crimes go unreported,......

The 2017 lottery sales are now closed.  The draw is on 24 November 2017. All winners will be notified by telephone, and results published on this website and the New Zealand Herald on 30 November 2017. Thank you to everyone who has supported the lottery......

The latest edition of our Voice newsletter is available now.  This edition once again marks the 30 years since Victim Support was first established, and talks to 19 year veteran Barbara, about her experiences as a Victim Support volunteer.  We’re very grateful to Ann for......

Some of us might still be waiting for summer – but our Autumn issue of our Voice newsletter is now online. Many of us have experienced the effects of natural disasters in recent times, and Victim Support has been supporting those that needed our help. ......

Take a look at our latest newsletter Voice.  Read about volunteer Tim Hawke and the work he’s doing in Canterbury on family violence.  There’s more about the work we’re doing in family violence – let’s break the cycle.  Read also about other wonderful volunteers, and......

Our last newsletter for 2016 is full of news and information about our work: 2016 Victim Support lottery – Driving in style, North Nelson Lions club road of approval, Judge speaks out and Victim Support Vision 2020.  Read the full article here...

Our last newsletter for 2016 is full of news and information about our work: Christchurch – 5 years on, 2016 Victim Support lottery, Support goes on across the world, 25 years of service, Training is Key and much more.  Read the full article here....

Good in the Hood is Z Energy’s community initiative to give back money to the communities where they have petrol stations.  Community groups were invited to submit an application and the station owners and staff went through them and then chose four community groups they......

2017 Victim Support Lottery Victim Support’s popular lottery is back!   he results for the lottery are: Thank you to all those who purchased tickets in the 2016 Victim Support Lottery. The results for the lottery are: 1st prize                Honda HRV-SPORT                                          90694                    Wanganui 2nd prize              ......

Victims Information recently upgraded its service to give people affected by crime quick and easy access to information about their rights, support services and the criminal justice system. The Service is a Ministry of Justice initiative and includes the new website and 24/7 helpline – 0800 650 654. Justice......

“This Paul Harris Award is given in recognition of Pam Smale’s significant contribution in many and varied ways over a long period of time to the community in which she lives.” (The Paul Harris Fellow Award is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in......