The Victims' Rights Act sets out entitlements for victims of crime and their family or whānau members and outlines the obligations of any person or agency who deals with a victim (e.g. a support worker, court staff, a member of the New Zealand Parole Board, the Police).
Under the Victims’ Rights Act 2002, a victim of crime is anyone who has:
• had a crime committed against them, or
• suffered physical harm because of a crime committed by someone, or
• had property taken or damaged because of a crime committed by someone.
A victim of crime is also:
• a parent or legal guardian of a victim who is a child or young person, as long as the parent or legal guardian has not been charged with the crime, or
• the immediate family members of someone who dies, orcan no longer take care of themselves, because of a crime committed by someone.
Your rights as a victim include:
- being treated with courtesy and compassion.
- having your dignity and privacy respected.
- being kept informed and assisted.
- having access to services that meet any health, welfare, counselling, medical, or legal needs that you might have as a result of the crime.
- having the right to make your views known at certain points during the justice process.
- having a support person alongside you.