Sensible Sentencing encompasses two very distinct trusts and purposes.
The Sensible Sentencing Group Trust (SSGT)
The Sensible Sentencing Group Trust (SSGT) is a charitable trust with the specific purpose of supporting victims of serious violent and/or sexual crime and homicide.
We serve to educate the public as to the plight of these victims and to ensure such victims and their families are fully aware of their rights and entitlements, providing both education and practical support during their time of trauma.
The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST)
Distinct to the SSGT, The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) is also a registered charitable trust but, unlike the SSGT, does not have donee status with the IRD because this trust unashamedly exists to advocate on behalf of the victims of serious violent and/or sexual crime and homicide in New Zealand, with a view to ensuring effective sentencing and penal policies that reduce re-offending and ultimately keep the public safe.
Learn about the aims of the Sensible Sentencing Trust. What we are trying to achieve and who we have working with us to make New Zealand a safer place for everyone...
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A collection of useful information that we have collated from various sources, which will be helpful for victims of crime...
SSGT | Victims
This is a section where the stories of the victims of crime, their families and loved ones can be told, in their own words...
News & Events
Sensible Sentencing Trust is pleased with the announcement from the Teachers Council that as from July 1st all disciplinary hearings for teachers charged with serious misconduct will be opened up to the public and media. Speaking to the media, Teachers …
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling for an overhaul of the parole system after yet another dangerous offender has been recalled to prison after the Parole Board had released him. Jason Dwayne Lilly murdered Linda Gordon in Kaitangata on 19th …
Meet the team
- Garth McVicar —
CEO | National Spokesperson
Garth has inspired thousands of New Zealanders to support his vision of a safe society resulting in SST becoming the largest privately funded Victim’s Advocacy and Justice Reform organisation in New Zealand.
- Ruth Money —
Assistant to the CEO | National Spokesperson
Ruth fiercely advocates for victims of violent crime supporting them at court, assisting them with the legal processes and networking them with other victims who have experienced similar tragedy as well as speaking with the media regarding SST’s policies.
- Leigh Woodman —
National Victims Portfolio Manager: SSGT
Leigh is very proud to be a part of the SSGT and what we are achieving. She holds the National Victim Adviser Portfolio and along with other Victim Advisers who dedicate long hours and do an extraordinary job.
The Victims Speak
My husband, Gil and I became volunteers for the Sensible Sentencing Trust after we lost Sophie. To lose our daughter in such a horrendous way and then have to deal with what became a very public murder trial was almost unbearable. Garth and the team stood by us throughout the entire 18 months that it took to get the justice Sophie deserved, and now we’re standing behind them in their efforts to make New Zealand a safer place. Our gift to Soph is the Sophie Elliott Trust and the work we do with SST. By raising awareness to the signs of abuse we hope to save other parents, families and friends from going through what we have been through, then her death won’t have been in vain.LESLEY ELLIOTT
My daughter died in my arms because a judge granted bail to a man who had already kidnapped and assaulted her. The pain our family endures every day is almost unbearable. What keeps us moving forward is the work we’re doing with Sensible Sentencing to get stricter bail laws and sanctions on judges. The Trust was there for us when we lost Christie; they were there for us when we took a stand and they've been instrumental in bringing attention to the serious flaws in our justice system. Together we’re making changes, so that what happened to our daughter Christie won’t happen to somebody else.TRACEY MARCEAU