Help available for victims
Red Victims is the name police have for high-risk or repeat victims. These victimisations could be family harm, volume crime (burglaries, thefts), assaults, fraud, any type of offending against a person – or a combination of them all.
Repeat victimisations are not isolated to any particular race of people (for example, handbag thefts in the Asian community), nor are repeat victimisations common in one particular residential area of Counties Manukau. Victimisation is most certainly not linked to lower socioeconomic communities.
Police utilise a victim score, which is calculated from a combination of the number of victimisations and the seriousness of the offences they relate to, to identify those most at risk.
This victim score can increase or decrease over time and is monitored using a ‘‘traffic light system’’. A victim may move from green to amber and then to red, before returning back to amber or green.
Police have put a substantial amount of resources into Red Victims to provide one-on-one, specific crime prevention advice.
This detailed information and guidance is designed to assist a victim, so that they’re equipped with information and the tools to stop them from being revictimised, and be able to feel safe within their community.
Police will work with the Red Victim, refer them to support agencies such as Victim Support, WINZ, Women’s Refuge or other support agencies, discuss recent offending with neighbours (in case of repeat burglaries, for example), and basically ensure that a location is target-hardened so that it is not an easy target for offenders.
In cases of family harm (no longer called family violence), police will refer to support agencies who will provide counselling and assistance if Temporary Protection Orders and/or Parenting Orders are required.
Police will also ensure that family harm victims are receiving the support of WINZ, Housing NZ, etc, and ensure that they and their children are safe from their offenders, especially if/when they are released from prison.