Information for Victims
Victim meetings and submissions are an important part of the decision making process.
What victims say assists the Board in making decisions on whether or not to release an offender.
The Board is required under the Parole Act 2002 to give due weight in its decision making process to any submission from victims and any restorative justice outcomes.
If you want to share something, whether it's small or large - it could make a difference.
This is important.
A guide to a victim meeting
Registered Victims are entitled to make an oral submission to the Board. This is a guide on that process.
Registering as a victim
If you are the victim of a crime and want to be told when an offender is going to appear before the Parole Board you need to register as part of the Victim Notification System.
Anyone can make submissions to the Board about an offender, but only Registered Victims are automatically advised of a pending hearing, sent information about the offender on request, and advised of the outcome.
Registration is not automatic. You have to apply to the Police for registration. You do not have to wait until after a trial to register; you can register at any time.
To find out more about the Victim Notification System contact Police, the court victim adviser or your local Victim Support office. You can visit www.corrections.govt.nz or www.police.govt.nz for more information.
The NZ Parole Board supports and adheres to the NZ Victims' Code.
The Victims' Code has been developed to improve the responsiveness and accountability of justice sector agencies to victims.
The Victims' Code :
- outlines victims’ rights
- lists the full range of services available to victims both within the criminal justice system and from other government agencies and non-government organisations
- state service standards
- clarifies complaints processes
- requires agencies to collect data on services to victims, and
- includes a consideration of the needs of Maori victims, victims in hard to reach communities, and victims of sexual and domestic violence.
More information is available here