Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, is the Chief Victims Advisor to Government.
She was appointed to the role by the Minister of Justice Amy Adams in November 2015.
About the role
The role aims to improve victims' experiences of the justice system by informing the Minister of Justice on victims' perspectives and how their experiences of the system can be improved.
The Chief Victims Advisor provides independent advice to the Minister of Justice and all-of-Government on strategies for supporting victims. She provides advice on briefings and policies received by the Minister and developed by agencies that have implications for victims. The role does not involve advising victims directly.
The role was established as part of a wider suite of Government initiatives aimed at addressing family violence and providing support for all people who experience crime.
You can read more about the Chief Victims Advisor to Government on her website (external link) .
If you need support or assistance
Dr McGregor's role as Chief Victims Advisor to Government does not involve supporting victims directly.
If you need support or assistance call the 24-hour Victims Information Line on 0800 650 654.
If you want to know about your rights as a victim or crime, or how to make a complaint about how you have been treated, see Victims' rights on this website or call the Victims Information Line.
Dr Kim McGregor is the Director of her own company Tiaki Consultants that offers specialist sexual violence prevention services including consultation, counselling, research and training. She also works as a therapist in private practice with a team of specialists in the Robert Street Clinic in Auckland.
Kim has worked as a therapist with survivors of sexual violence for almost 30 years.
She is the author of the first set of ACC national guidelines for therapists working with child sexual abuse (2001) and two self-help books for adult survivors of child sexual abuse ‘Warriors of Truth’ (1994) and ‘Surviving and Moving On’ (2008).
Her PhD focused on effective therapy for survivors of child sexual abuse. Her post-doctoral research focused on the physical health effects of child sexual abuse and how health professionals may best respond.
She was a founding and executive member of Te Ohaakii a Hine - National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together and Chair of the Tauiwi Caucus (2005-2013) and a member of the Task Force for Action on Sexual Violence (2007-2009).
She was a founding and executive member of Project Restore (a restorative justice programme specifically developed to deal with cases of sexual violence), and for over 10 years she was the Executive Director of Rape Prevention Education, Whakatu Mauri (2005-2015).
In 2014 Dr McGregor was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services to the prevention of sexual violence.
Chief Victims Advisor welcomes new family violence response pilot (Office of the Chief Victims Advisor, 14 April 2016)
Dr Kim McGregor, QSO