Media release: Chief Victims Advisor marks 1 year in inaugural role

Dr Kim McGregor QSO, has found the first 12 months working with the Minister of Justice as the inaugural Chief Victims Advisor to Government to be stimulating and both professionally and personally fulfilling.

The Government introduced the role as part of a suite of initiatives focused on creating a more responsive New Zealand justice system that victims of crime can more easily navigate.

Dr McGregor says it has been an interesting shift in focus from working primarily on the frontline supporting victims, to providing independent advice to Government.

'My first year has shown how important it is to have someone whose work is entirely devoted to incorporating a victims’ voice into the decision-making process,' Dr McGregor says.

'I’ve been able to contribute to a number of cross-agency initiatives and provide several pieces of advice to the Minister of Justice, including on a number of issues raised in the Law Commission’s report The Justice Response to victims of sexual violence, all in the interest of improving the system for victims.

'Over the next year, I look forward to continuing to work with government and NGO agencies to bring victims’ voices to the forefront of decision-making.

'I am particularly interested in gaining insight from research I have commissioned about data collected on victims by government, and looking closely into the issues for children and other vulnerable witnesses in the criminal justice system,' Dr McGregor says.

She also acknowledged the work of Ministry of Justice officials in supporting her in the role as invaluable.

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