Victim Support workers told to ignore political comments
From the article on 3news.co.nz:
Volunteers at a Victim Support conference this weekend were urged to ignore the "victims versus offenders" debate from politicians....
Director of Rethinking Crime and Punishment Kim Workman said this kind of "oppositional thinking" was counterproductive and unhelpful.
"We must reject any proposition that potentially divides us.
"Many of you work with both victims and offenders, in the areas of family violence, child abuse, restorative justice, and prisoner reintegration.
"Our success depends on our ability to work effectively within the justice system, across the board, in order to reduce victimisation."
There was a belief that those who worked with offenders condoned their
criminal activity, or had an investment in the status quo. Mr Workman
Claims that the justice system was preoccupied with offender's rights were not true, he said.
"I cannot find any evidence over the last 20 years, of any policy or
piece of legislation that has promoted offenders' rights - quite the
Read the whole article. Read as well the comments from people who clearly disagree with Workman.
Disclaimer: Kim Workman is a correspondent for RJOB.