- Victim Support
End all name supression after conviction except to protect victims from further harm.
Give victims the right to be heard in open court, and to comment on sentencing, so they are no longer confined to writing secret accounts of how badly they have been hurt
End pointless family group conferences, ensure youth justice processes result in enforceable decisions, making young offenders responsible and deterring re-offending. No legal interference with schools upholding high behaviour standards.
Hold an inquiry into the role of victims in the criminal justice system, and into what support systems exist for victims of serious crime
Support a dedicated and well-trained victim support unit working with police and other agencies, ensuring both protection and healing
Research the viability of state-awarded compensation for victims as well as provision for some offenders, when deemed appropriate, to be required to recompense the state for at least part of the compensation outlay
Provide counselling and compensation for victims, preferably paid for by the offender, where they have the ability to do so
Research the viability of state-awarded compensation for victims where the offender must pay it back to the state.
Continue to ensure that the impact on and rights of victims are central considerations in the development and improvement of the justice system
Inquire into the level of immediate financial support available to the victims or families of victims of serious crime
Establish a group within the Ministry of Justice to oversee the effective co-ordination, funding and delivery of victim support services by various agencies through every phase of the criminal justice system
Ensure that victim support groups receive adequate funding which reflects both the demand for and quality of the services they provide
Families of victims will have mandatory rights to full information on rehabilitation hearings, to appear in person, to have an advocate, or to make written submissions
Make certain victims of crime will be given a permanent representative on the Rehabilitation Board
Raise public awareness of the availability of victim support services
Establish the portfolio of a Minister for Victims' Rights to advocate for the interests of victims
Fully support victim restoration programmes for non-violent crimes to ensure that offenders and their families compensate victims for their losses and face up to the people they have hurt
Ensure that Courts make the welfare and safety of victims, their families and the public paramount when considering bail applications
Recover reparation to victims through a restitution order at sentencing that would automatically deduct at least 10% of an offender's earnings
Ensure that the Parole Board consider the impact on victims and the community when considering the conditions placed parolees