Victim Support making a difference in Counties Manukau1 Mar 2020

Victim Support is a free service providing emotional and
practical support, information, financial assistance, referral to other support
services and advocacy for the rights of victims.

Victim Support divides Counties Manukau (CM) into several areas: CM West (based at Otahuhu Police Station), CM Central (based at Manurewa Police Station), CM South (based at Papakura Station) and CM Pukekohe (unsurprisingly based at Pukekohe Police Station). There is also a dedicated team who look after Family Harm incidents.

Victim Support receives referrals for incidents that are referred by Police or by the victims themselves. There are paid Support Workers at each office and a network of volunteers. The support role is varied and can include court support, assistance with Victim Impact Statements, information and advice following a burglary, support after a sudden death, suicide or homicide and all assistance for anyone who has suffered trauma following a crime or incident.

Service Co-ordinator, Charlie Saunders and Paid Support Worker, Alison Kinmont, work from Manurewa Police station and cover Alfriston, Clendon Park, Goodwood Heights, Homai, Manukau, Manukau Heights, Manurewa, Randwick Park, The Gardens, Totara Heights, Totara Park, Wattle Downs, Weymouth and Wiri.

There are number approximately 100 incidents per month with many of these having multiple victims. The consistent issues that face our community are burglary, serious assaults and Sudden Death (including suicide). Working alongside Police to respond quickly, the team aims to have someone supporting whānau in their time of need.

The volunteers who dedicate their available time to assist their community are relied upon and highly valued. Without them there would be no Victim Support and the organisation is forever grateful to them for choosing to gift their time to our organisation.

The Victim Support team thanked the Wiri Licensing Trust for their generosity and support of Counties Manukau Victim Support. With the approved request to the Wiri Trust, Victim Support was able to purchase much needed resources from Skylight, an online support and counselling resource hub. With the aim of ordering new brochures and books for children experiencing grief through sudden death and providing support services to assist whānau during this difficult time. You can find them on Facebook here

About Victim Support

Victim Support helps victims find strength, hope and safety in the face of grief and trauma. With a team available 24/7 through a national and regional structure to help people deal with the aftermath of crime and trauma as well as obtain the help they need to be safe, to find healing, and to navigate the justice system.

More information on Victim Support can be found on their website: