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loved one is killed through dan­ger­ous driv­ing or care­less firearm use.

A court at­ten­dance al­lowance for sex­ual vi­o­lence vic­tims.

An emer­gency grant for eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged vic­tims who need as­sis­tance but have no in­come to pay for it.

The new en­ti­tle­ments take the to­tal num­ber of ser­vices funded by the of­fender levy to 13.

A new Vic­tims Cen­tre be­gan op­er­at­ing on July 1. This one-stop shop will over­see gov­ern­ment-funded ser­vices and sup­port for vic­tims. The cen­tre will de­velop and im­ple­ment a new vic­tims code to help vic­tims un­der­stand their rights, ser­vices avail­able and the com­plaints process. For more in­for­ma­tion phone 07 886 5554 or email upston. sth­waikato@ par­lia­ment. govt.nz.

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