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Through the safe hands of Kate Churchill, Victim Support’s Contact Service have transitioned seamlessly from working together in the same office to support each other from their individual bubbles during lockdown, all the while providing the first line of support for victims 24/7 With a......

“I am more resilient and stronger than I thought I was. I went to the mosque with another support worker. As we left, I asked if I could hold onto him for support. I realised – it’s OK to lean on someone.” Deborah Du Toit......

“I’m just the guy in the backroom connecting all the wires.” Ash Ranchhod is all modesty. As Victim Support’s long-serving IT consultant, Ash has been at the forefront of modernising an organisation that supported almost 37,000 people last year. “When I first came on board,......

Victim Support Southern Area Manager Peter Guest acknowledges these are challenging times but speaks with obvious pride about the professionalism and dedication his teams have shown during the current COVID-19 crisis. “Our Support Workers do prefer face to face engagement, but remote support has been......

While the country is united in its fight to eliminate COVID-19, Janeta Vasega, who manages Victim Support’s family harm response in Counties Manukau, has been working tirelessly to support victims affected by a secondary epidemic of family violence. For Janeta Vasega, Family Harm Coordinator for......

Updated: 25 March 2020 We know that you are already dealing with a significant amount of stress, and now anxiety around the current COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences is being added to it. Victim Support remains committed to minimising the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on......

In the hours and days that followed the Christchurch terror attacks, many Victim Support staff and volunteers were quick to put their hands up to travel to Christchurch to support victims and their families as well as witnesses. The overwhelming response from the wider Victim......

For every Police response that requires support, every victim seeking guidance, or weary support worker who needs to debrief, the Victim Support Contact Service will take that call. The team is small, just 14 staff rostered with no more than six at any one time......

In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks, Victim Support launched an unprecedented effort to provide support and guidance to the victims. One of those who volunteered to travel to Christchurch was Fred, a support worker based in the Wairarapa Region. One year on, Fred......

Three days after the Christchurch terror attacks, Sean Edwards landed in Christchurch to begin his role supporting the victims. Based with his family in Auckland, Sean works full-time in banking and volunteers as a support worker. Because of his training as a homicide support worker,......

Shortly following the March 15 Christchurch terror attacks, Victim Support management put out the call asking who would be willing to travel to Christchurch to help support the victims. Auckland-based support worker, Deborah Du Toit, immediately put her hand up. “My initial thoughts were that......

Victim Support’s vital role in natural disaster recovery came into play immediately following the tragic Whakaari/White Island eruption. Support Workers were deployed to a cruise ship, Tauranga Hospital and a local tour company along with making visits to affected families as more details came to hand.......

Volunteer support workers from Victim Support are ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference. Maria and Fred are part of a small group of volunteers working in the Wairarapa. Maria, a volunteer for almost five years says, “we come from all walks of life; nursing,......

Victim Support has a dedicated team of highly trained Support Workers deployed to this tragedy. They are on the ground in Whakatane where they are stationed at the emergency headquarters and the welfare centre at Whakatane Library. We have Support Workers in Tauranga stationed at......

Good in the Hood is the ultimate in keeping it local and being charitable. Instead of someone in head office deciding what great charitable organisation to support, Z’s people on the ground choose the groups they’d like to get behind. This year, 38 Z service......

(Pictured: Victim Support Researcher, Dr Petrina Hargrave) The justice system must move beyond a “tick-box” culture and begin offering genuine justice for victims, according to research released by Victim Support today. The key message from Victim Support’s research Victims’ Voices: The Justice Needs and Experiences......

Karen McLeay, Acting Chief Executive for Victim Support, says the true impacts of New Zealand’s growing suicide numbers run much deeper than today’s suicide statistics show. “The unseen victims of suicide are the mums, dads, nannas, grandads, kids, moko, and whanau left behind. “For every......

This “Christchurch special edition” of Voice – Winter 2019, is dedicated to the victims and community impacted by the Christchurch terror attacks. We share stories of kindness, hope and bravery – but most importantly – we give victims the opportunity to share their voice. Read:......

Victim Support says research released today shows it’s time to take action and put victims at the heart of the justice system. Karen McLeay, Victim Support Acting Chief Executive, said the results of Chief Victims’ Advisor Dr Kim McGregor’s research, Strengthening the Criminal Justice System......