Victim Support | Financial Assistance
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Financial Assistance

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If you are the victim/survivor of a serious crime which took place in New Zealand, Victim Support can assist you with some of the costs related to your case under the Victim Financial Assistance Scheme.

For the purposes of funding under the scheme, “victim” refers to the primary victim of a crime i.e. the person against whom the crime was committed.

(NOTE: The following is a summary and further criteria apply).

After a homicide

  • $5,000 lump sum payment to the bereaved family;
  • Up to 30 funded counselling sessions per person for families, friends, witnesses, and people first on the scene after a homicide;
  • Up to five family members and a support person can get help with costs for meals, travel and accommodation to attend court hearings. (More than five family members can attend, but in these cases the family will need to decide which five will receive the funding. Funding may only be a contribution to costs and there are limits on the total funding available);
  • Up to five family members aged 18 or over can be paid a daily allowance as compensation for lost income to attend a High Court hearing ($124 per full day/$62 per half day; proof of earnings required);
  • Victim Support can also help you to apply for ACC grants.

In limited circumstances, further support may be available for emergency needs (see Crime Scene Grant and Serious Crime Emergency Grant below).

 After a death caused by a criminal act (other than a homicide, eg. fatal car crash caused by another party)

  • $5,000 is paid to the family.
  • Up to 30 counselling sessions per person are available for families, friends, witnesses and people first on the scene after a death caused by a criminal act.
  • Up to five family members and a support person can get help with the costs of meals, travel and accommodation to attend court hearings. The family need to decide who the people travelling are (including support people) and there are limits on the total funding available.

In limited circumstances, further support may be available for emergency needs (see Crime Scene Grant and Serious Crime Emergency Grant below).

After sexual violence

  • Victim Support provides reimbursement of up to $500 towards costs you have had to pay immediately after the crime, including:
  • Replacing clothing or personal belongings lost, stolen or damaged during the crime or taken by the police for their investigation;
  • Income you lost taking time off work to be interviewed by the police or for medical appointments related to the crime;
  • Costs travelling to and from a police station to report or help with the crime investigation, or to medical appointments related to the crime.
  • $100 a day (or $50 for half day) for victims/survivors and a support person to attend court (not income/means-tested)
  • Contribution to costs of travelling to court, parole or other hearings for the direct victim/survivors and one support person;
  • Meals, travel and accommodation costs related to attending court, parole or other hearings for the direct victim/survivors and one support person;
  • $300 per day (or $150 per half day) to pay another support organisation to provide a support person to attend trial with the victim/survivor if a support person is not available or suitable (only by application by the Police and if not already funded for this work);

In limited circumstances, further support may be available for emergency needs (See Crime Scene Grant and Serious Crime Emergency Grant below).

Crime Scene Grant

Up to $2,000 is available for families whose home or car is unavailable due to it being a crime scene which needs professional cleaning, and/or is cordoned off by Police. The grant covers:

  • Accommodation and meal costs while in temporary emergency accommodation, if the crime happened at your home;
  • Repairs, cleaning, or car hire if your car was involved in the crime;
  • Repairs to your home if it was damaged as a result of the crime.

Further criteria apply.

Serious Crime Emergency Grant / Other serious crime

Serious Crime Emergency Grants are available for some costs not covered by the above. Victims of other serious crime types not covered above (such as serious or grievous assaults, home invasion, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, intimidation/threats, burglary – offender disturbed, or other crimes causing serious harm) may also be eligible for a Serious Crime Emergency Grant.

The Serious Crime Emergency grant can provide up to $2000 to help with immediate financial needs to support healing and/or increase the safety of the primary victims of a serious crime who are economically disadvantaged.

Applicants may claim for costs relating to supporting their healing and/or increasing their safety, for example:

  • Temporary accommodation
  • Relocation costs
  • Increasing security measures around the home
  • Essential items such as food, clothing or travel
  • Counselling in some instances

You must be able to show that other agencies are unable to support you financially for these costs. This is a means-tested, ‘last resort’ fund and further criteria apply.

How to apply

You can discuss your eligibility for funding with your Support Worker, sexual violence support agency, or by contacting Victim Support on 0800 842 846. If your case is currently before the courts, your Court Victim Advisor may be able to arrange funding on your behalf.

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