Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced a survey of victims and survivors of crime.
He says the survey will allow victims and survivors to be heard, in their own words, "about how our broken criminal justice system can be fixed."
The survey has been developed by the Chief Victims Advisor to the Government, Dr Kim McGregor, and her steering group of victim advocates and academics. The findings of the survey will inform Dr McGregor’s advice to the Government and the Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata – Safe and Effective Justice programme.
“Fixing the criminal justice system means putting victims and survivors at the heart of change. We must have fewer victims of crime, who are better supported," Mr Little says..
“We know that many victims feel let down by the current system, and that they find it difficult to navigate their way to justice and restoration. That’s not good enough. We are working hard to learn from the lessons of the past.
“I have asked Dr McGregor to lead this programme of work, and specifically to conduct this survey, so we can fix the system and ensure victims achieve justice without feeling re-victimised by the process."
The survey is available in English and Te Reo Māori. It runs until Friday 1 March and can be found here.