The Chief Victims Advisor is an independent ministerial advisor appointed by, and accountable to, the Minister of Justice. The role is part time and is supported by two full-time Ministry of Justice officials.

The role of the Chief Victims Advisor was established to provide government with independent advice about how to improve victims’ experiences across the justice sector.

The justice sector includes the criminal, youth and civil justice systems and involves Te Tāhū o te Ture - the Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Police, Ara Poutama Aotearoa - Department of Corrections, Youth Justice (Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Social Development), Crown Law and the Serious Fraud Office.

In the Terms of Reference, as an independent ministerial advisor, the role is not designed to advocate for individual victims, but instead to identify themes and areas for improvement for victims/survivors across the justice sector and promote system improvement.

Contact the Chief Victims Advisor at: chiefvictimsadvisor@justice.govt.nz

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