Results 7-8

Result 7: Reducing Serious Crime

What is the target?

The target is 10,000 fewer serious crimes by the year ended 2021. This will be supported by three measures: the rate of reoffending, the rate of family violence and the rate of sexual violence.

The reoffending rate will now be monitored through a redeveloped supporting measure as we now have one justice sector target not two as we did in the previous suite of BPS result measures. The family and sexual violence rates have been excluded from the main target as we expect the number of reported offences for these crimes to increase as rates of reporting and detection increase. They are included as supporting measures as they are serious crime and are of significant interest to us.

Why is this important for New Zealand?

Our new target and supporting measures reflects the Government’s single unambiguous focus on crime which has the greatest impact on people in New Zealand — serious crime. Serious crime has serious social and economic costs. It affects people’s ability to interact with each other, lead productive lives, and realise their full potential.

How will we know we are achieving this result?

The target is 10,000 fewer serious crimes by 2021, based on the number of serious crimes in the year ended June 2017.

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Achieving this target will be a significant challenge as the serious crime rate is currently increasing following a period of decline in total crime, which removed a large number of the less serious offences.

Supporting measure: family violence rate

This will be the number of violent offences where the offender and victim were, or had been, in a relationship (partner/boyfriend/girlfriend) or are part of the same family, as a proportion of the New Zealand population. Specifically, this will be the number of family violence offences per 10,000 people where family violence is defined by the relationship between the offender and victim as recorded in Recorded Crime Victim Statistics (RCVS).

Supporting measure: sexual violence rate

This will be the number of sexual offences as a proportion of the New Zealand population. Specifically, this will be the number of sexual violence offences per 10,000 people.

Supporting measure: reoffending rate

The current reoffending measure has been redeveloped to measure the number of re-offenders as a rate relative to the New Zealand population. Specifically, this will be measured by the number of released prisoners returning to prison within 12 months of release and the number of people reconvicted within 12 months of starting a community managed sentence per 10,000 people.

Progress will be updated on this page every six months.

What are we doing to achieve this result?

The following 7 priority areas (with supporting actions) will contribute to achieving our target of reducing serious crime. Our priority areas recognise that we must target areas of greatest risk. They also recognise that offending is highly correlated with outcome across the social sector and we therefore need to work with the wider social system to meet the target of reducing serious crime.

Reduce family violence

  • The Ministerial Group on Family and Sexual violence
  • The Family and Family Violence Legislation Bill Violence Legislation Bill Harakeke

Reduce sexual violence

  • The Ministerial Group on Family and Sexual violence
  • Development of sexual violence services: Sexual Violence Crisis Support Services; Harmful Sexual Behaviour Services; Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Reduce serious crime caused by adult gangs

  • The Whole of Government Action Plan on Gangs
  • The New Zealand Gang Strategy (2017-22)
  • The Department of Corrections Gang Strategy (2017-21)

Improve outcomes for people with alcohol and other drug, and mental health needs

  • The Drug and Alcohol Testing of Community-Based Offenders, Bailees and Other Persons Legislation Bill
  • Additional services to support this Bill: enhanced mental health support, wrap-around family support, counsellors and social workers in women’s prisons, and supported accommodation.
  • Mental Health Gap Analysis
  • More investment in alcohol and other drug treatment and support;  Aftercare workers; community residential treatment and intensive outpatient programmes; Offender Digital Health Services
  • Better mental health for offenders: more therapeutic environments, focused on supporting people at risk to make them well enough to leave the unit, stay safe and engage in further treatment

Improve justice outcomes for justice outcomes justice outcomes strategy and action plan
  • The Turning of the Tide strategy
  • Policing Excellence the Future: Safer the
  • Rangatahi Courts
  • Reduce reoffending

    • Prisoner education
    • Access to interventions in prison
    • Better community reintegration support
    • The Mauri Tu, Mauri Ora programme
    • Wrap-around services to support ex-prisoners to find and sustain employment
    • The Integrated Safety Response pilot
    • Community justice/iwi panels
    • Therapeutic courts

    Prevent serious crime through active engagement with the social sector

    We will continue to review our current work programme to ensure we are doing enough to meet our targets and will refresh the BPS Results Action Plan accordingly.

    Read the Result Action Plan which shows what we're doing to reduce serious crime.

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