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New Zealand Council Of Victim Support Groups Inc. Charity Profile
The New Zealand Council of Victim Support Group Inc is recognised as New Zealand's leading support agency for victims. We provide 24hr, seven day a week integrated, independent and professional assistance to victims of crime and crisis.
One of our primary functions is advocating for and promoting an understanding of victims'right in this country.
Our goal is that Parallel Justice becomes a reality, not just a concept. In this document we outline progress made towards improving rights for victims,and we outline priorities for ensuring that New Zealand's response to victims lives up to its national and international obligations.
We accompany our priorities with recommendations to policy makers on how these can be achieved.
New Zealand Council Of Victim Support Groups Inc. Volunteer Information
Victim Support has approximately 1500 highly professional and well-trained volunteer support workers delivering our front line service. These workers come from all walks of life and all cultural, political and social backgrounds.
The only qualifications required are a great deal of dedication and commitment, and a caring and compassionate nature. Potential workers are interviewed, screened and complete 50 hours training before beginning their duties.
Our training cover self-awareness, listening and communication skills, coping with grief, death, dying, loss and trauma, and understanding legal, court, hospital and police procedures. Monthly training in further specialist areas is also provided.
In addition to the satisfaction derived from contributing to the wellbeing of your local community, workers find that the skills and qualities that are acquired through the training and work greatly enhance their personal development and significantly contribute to the advancement of their professional careers.
In all, Victim Support workers are adept at working quietly in the background amid the chaos in a person's life - offering options, explaining processes, assisting in practical ways and providing emotional support. Above all, they listen. Their task is to support the client through their crisis and empower them to take control of their lives again and make decisions for themselves.