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Pilots for support of sexual violence survivors in criminal justice system

August 31, 2018 at 11:10 AM

From the NZFVC

Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced a new pilot to support sexual violence survivors going through the criminal justice system.

The pilot will provide psycho-social support leading up to, during and after the criminal justice process. It will be piloted in Auckland, with Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation providing the support services. Auckland also currently has a Specialist Sexual Violence Court pilot operating.

The Ministry of Social Development, which is leading the initiative, has provided information about the pilot including the type of support that could be available:

  • "therapeutic social work
  • preparing the victim/survivor before trial, during, and follow up support afterward
  • in-person support for Police processes and to prepare for cross-examination
  • support through pre-trial viewing of Evidential Video Interview (EVI)
  • assist with Victim Impact Statements
  • provide support at trial, sentencing and probation reviews
  • liaising with court staff and Victim Advisors on behalf of the survivor
  • monitoring the safety and wellbeing of survivors, helping them assess their needs (housing, support etc) and linking them to the appropriate government or NGO agency or service
  • facilitating access to appropriate legal representation if requested."

The pilot is expected to run through June 2019. It will be evaluated by Malatest International. 

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