Victims’ Rights

The Victims’ Rights Act 2002 (the Victims’ Rights Act) is a New Zealand law that details specific rights for victims of crime. It details obligations for some government agencies to notify registered victims of certain events relating to their offender.

A small subset of offenders and alleged offenders need to be assessed or treated for their mental health or intellectually needs in a hospital or a care facility. When this occurs the Victims’ Rights Act sets out exceptions to the Privacy Act 1993 allowing registered victims to receive certain notifications including prior notice of the persons first unescorted leave and first unescorted overnight leave from hospital.

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Change your details

If you are a registered victim of an offender detained in health services and you want to update your contact details or no longer wish to receive notices please contact the relevant person below.  

For offenders in Mental Health Services
Region  Contact  person  Postal address  Email  Phone 
Auckland  Director of Area Mental Health Services - Forensic:
Dr Jeremy Skipworth
Regional Forensic Services,
Waitemata District Health Board,
Private Bag 19986, Avondale, Auckland 1746
Jeremy.skipworth@waitematadhb.govt.nz

 

(09) 815 5166 
Waikato  Director of Area Mental Health Services - Forensic:
Dr Peter Dean
Puawai: Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service,
Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre,
Private Bag 3200, Hamilton 3240 
peter.dean@waikatodhb.health.nz. (07) 858 0970 
Central  Director of Area Mental Health Services - Forensic: Te Korowai Whariki Central Regional Forensic Service,
Papatuanuku, PO Box 50233, Porirua 5240 
mhforensicdamhs@ccdhb.org.nz  (04) 918 2468 
Canterbury  Director of Area Mental Health Services – Forensic:
Dr Erik Monasterio
Canterbury District Health Board, Hillmorton Hospital,
Private Bag 4733, Christchurch 8140 
Erik.Monasterio@cdhb.health.nz (03) 339 1136
Southern  Director of Area Mental Health Services – Forensic:
Ms Ruth Manning
Southern District Health Board, DAMHS Office,
Private Bag 1921, Dunedin, 9016 
DAMHSAdmin@southerndhb.govt.nz (03) 476 0999 
Ministry of Health  Office of the Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services  Office of the Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Ministry of Health,
PO Box 5013, Wellington 6145 
info@health.govt.nz  (04) 496 2000

 

For offenders in Intellectual Disability Services
Region  Contact  person  Postal address  Email  Phone
Nationwide  Director of Area Mental Health Services:
Nigel Fairley
MHAID Service 3DHB Head Office,
Attention: DAMHS, P.O Box 50233, Porirua
mhaidservice3dhb@ccdhb.org.nz (04) 381 1656 
Ministry of Health  Chief advisor, Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Ministry of Health, PO Box 5013, Wellington 6145 info@health.govt.nz  (04) 496 2000
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