Chief Victims Advisor
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"When victims' voices are heard throughout the justice system, everyone benefits."
Dr Kim McGregor
Welcome to the website of the office of the Chief Victims Advisor to Government. Please click on the headings below if you want to find out further information.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Kim McGregor and I was appointed as the inaugural Chief Victims Advisor in November 2015.
I have over thirty years’ experience as a therapist, advocate, trainer and researcher.
My role is to provide independent advice to the Minister of Justice about victim issues, especially focusing on improving systems, policies and laws for victims within the justice sector.
When developing my advice, I research and consult as widely as possible.
In line with the Victims’ Rights Act 2002 and the Victims Code 2015, my role is to promote the provision of information and support for victims of crime.
I believe victims should be at the heart of the criminal justice system. We need to strengthen our systems to enable victims to tell us about the abuse, trauma and losses they have experienced, so that we can acknowledge their experiences and prevent further victimisation and/or revictimisation. When we put victims at the heart of our system there are potential benefits not just for the individual, but for all in our communities.
Challenges with the term 'victim'
A lot of people dislike the term ‘victim’ however some find the term ‘victim’ validates the harm they have experienced. Some people prefer the term ‘survivor’. Others dislike that term and prefer to be described as ‘a person who has been victimised’ or not to be labelled at all. For now, I use the term ‘victim’ for the sake of consistency with legislation and other agencies in the justice system. The term ‘victim’ is not meant as a value judgment on those who have experienced crime, or to exclude those who do not identify with that term.
We are further developing our website to incorporate Te Reo Māori and other languages to reflect the diversity in Aotearoa.