Appoint a Victims Commissioner to Give Victims a Voice
Appoint a Victims Commissioner to Give Victims a
“There is currently no official advocate for
victims in New Zealand and nobody truly knows the
complexity, gaps and overlaps of the criminal justice system
from a victim’s point of view” says Debbie Marlow,
spokesperson for the Red Raincoat Trust. “Appointing a
Victims Commissioner will allow the families to focus on
their journey and grieve for their loved one rather than
scrambling for their rights or to be heard”.
Victim’s Commissioner if appointed, would advocate at an
official level for victim’s rights. They would engage
directly with victims, hearing their concerns and
understanding how the criminal justice process works for
them. They would also work with service providers to ensure
victims are treated respectfully and with best practice
throughout their journey.
Red Raincoat Trust is a
non-government funded organisation whom assists and supports
families of homicide victims, offering a unique support
network of families from similar circumstances.
that organisations like ours are approached by homicide
families for assistance shows there is a need for a Victims
Commissioner. These are usually families who are fighting to
be heard when the criminal justice process doesn’t work or
gaps form. We believe it is time to give victims in New
Zealand an official voice.
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