Victims of violent crime can obtain compensation from the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), which is a no-fault program to provide financial support for crime victims and others who suffer physical injuries from other causes.
Report to police. No restriction.
Filing period. No restriction.
Foreign citizen eligibility. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply.
Victims of crime should telephone Victim Support at 0-800-VICTIM or call a local police station for information about how to apply. Victim Support will provide victim assistance, including assessing and advising on the best place for a victim to apply for financial assistance. All local Victim Support organizations are listed in the local telephone book.
Benefits and Award Limits
There is no maximum amount that can be awarded to a victim. Each application is considered on its own merit.
Emergency awards. Each application is considered on its own merit.
Funding sources. The program is funded from premiums paid by motorists, employers, earners, and the government.
Accident Compensation Corporation, National Office, Shamrock House
For assistance with applying for compensation, contact
Victim Support, National Office, Level 1, 180 Molesworth Street, P.O. Box 3017, Wellington
New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups
The New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups includes 77 groups that provide support for all victims of crimes, accidents, and emergencies throughout New Zealand (www.victimsupport.org.nz/).