Updated 18 March 2021
We understand that the uncertainty of Covid-19 may put extra stress on a victim after a crime, or on those dealing with an already traumatic event.
NZ's Covid-19 level requirements can change quickly and may at times disrupt normal processes in some unavoidable ways. Coronial hearings or court cases, for example, may be delayed. Be reassured that if this happens, Victim Support continues to be here for you when you need us - 24/7, nationwide, at all levels of lockdown. Contact us on 0800 842 846.
Our team will be observing additional contact tracing, hygiene measures and physical distancing to keep you and themselves safe during these heightened alert levels.
Important information for victims
You can find important information about how COVID-19 may impact you at the following places:
General COVID-19 information – www.covid19.govt.nz
Ministry of Health dedicated web page - https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
Ministry of Social Development - Information about contact types and support information
Courts and tribunals - https://www.justice.govt.nz/covid-19-information
Coronial services - https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/
Funerals and tangi - https://www.fdanz.co.nz/planning-a-funeral/covid-19-information/
Please contact your Court Victim Advisor if you have any questions about your case.
Information about court protocols are available at: https://www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/publications/announcements/covid-19/court-protocols/
Parole Board hearings
For more information on NZPB proceedings go to www.paroleboard.govt.nz/media/covid-19
Funerals and Tangihanga
More information about funerals and tangihanga under the different alert levels can be found on the government COVID-19 website - https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/funerals-and-tangihanga/.
New digital platform to help most vulnerable in Māori community
A digital platform has been created by Māori organisations to help support Tamaki Makaurau's more vulnerable whānau. Paerangi an online information and referral centre is designed specifically for whānau hauā (whānau with impairments), nga marae and kaumātua. There is also a support/information phone line - 0800 100 132.
Coping with stress
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. It’s normal to have physical reactions like difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, worsening of an existing health issue, feeling a bit shaky or clumsy, and feeling tearful. You may also find your thoughts and emotions are up and down a lot – like a roller coaster.
Seek help and support from family, friends, and caring people around you, or you can call Victim Support. We are here for you – to support you, your family, whānau and friends.
Call us on 0800 842 846 to be connected with a Support Worker who can provide practical help and information, emotional support, and referral to other services at this difficult time. We’re available 24/7.
It’s okay to discuss your mental health with your GP, who may also be able to refer you to other professional support.