Victim's Rights

What are my rights during the investigation?

The Victims’ Rights Act 2002 gives you rights and requires Police to:

  • Treat you with courtesy and compassion.
  • Respect your dignity and privacy.
  • Advise of services available to you.
  • Keep you informed of progress in the investigation.
  • Advise you whether charges are laid and what the charges are, or the reasons for not laying charges.

Complaints and Feedback

If you have any concerns about the way your investigation is being handled you can contact the National Sexual Violence Team at Police National Headquarters for advice, by emailing

If you have been a victim of sexual assault you may also provide feedback to the New Zealand Police by completing a short survey. It will be used to improve the quality of service Police provide to victims of sexual abuse.

The survey can be completed anonymously. Please click on the link below.

Adult sexual assault victims survey