Help at hand with Vic­tim Sup­port

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No-one ever wants harm or ill to be­fall any­one, how­ever it’s re­as­sur­ing to know that when crime or trauma does strike, nearim­me­di­ate help is at hand in Mata­mata.

Vic­tim Sup­port has been op­er­at­ing in Mata­mata for 24 years – as well as in neigh­bour­ing towns Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha – and pro­vides 24/7 cri­sis sup­port for vic­tims of crime and other emer­gen­cies.

Na­tion­ally, 95 per cent of Vic­tim Sup­port’s work is on re­fer­ral from the po­lice and in­cludes sup­port­ing vic­tims of trauma un­re­lated to crime, such as com­pleted sui­cide, ac­ci­den­tal death or Civil De­fence emer­gency.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is staffed by trained and skilled vol­un­teers who not only pro­vide ini­tial sup­port, but also on­go­ing sup­port where and when nec­es­sary. This may take the form of court sup­port as vic­tims deal with the jus­tice sys­tem; or­gan­is­ing vic­tim grants; re­fer­rals to other agen­cies or pro­vid­ing ad­vo­cacy, to name a few.

A reg­is­tered char­ity, Vic­tim Sup­port has around 850 na­tion­wide vol­un­teers who, like their Mata­mata col­leagues, are will­ing to turn out at any time day or night, 365 days of the year.

Vic­tim Sup­port can be con­tacted through the Mata­mata po­lice sta­tion, 888 7117, or by call­ing 0800 842 846.

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