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Connections - Spring 2020

Connections - Spring 2020

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In this issue

This June, Victim Support rolled out our specialist Homicide Support Worker Programme nationwide, providing greater access to support for victims of homicide to be safe and participate in the justice process. This issue profiles three new members of the team and the Homicide Advisory Group, with whom we work closely to guide us in our work to support homicide victims.

Our feature article is a personal account from a witness about the court process. We have also re-published the ‘Being a witness’ section from the Ministry of Justice Victim’s Information Sheet and provided some information on the financial assistance available to support witnesses through the court process.

A witness' personal account

Homicide Team Leader, Demelza Faimalo talks to Sarah about her experience of being called as a witness in the trial for the death of her baby boy.

Homicide Advisory Group

The Homicide Advisory Group was established to ensure that victims experience was heard through development of a specialised homicide service.

Financial support for when you are called as witness

Summary of the financial support available while attending court as a witness.

Being a witness

Find out about what's involved, what you can expect and the support available to help you through this process.

Meet the team

Meet Jacky Muirsmeath, Liqueshia Dougherty and Tyra Basilicata.

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