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...
Those wishing to join will need to fill out the address details so that we can send out newsletters etc. This information remains confidential to SST...
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
11/09/2014 New Zealand’s largest advocacy group supporting victims and families of violent crime is dismayed at the treatment of victims in their quest for knowledge regarding those who have offended against them. The Sensible Sentencing Trust is angry that repeated …
28/07/14 “Justice by name, not by nature” states Ruth Money Sensible Sentencing Trust National Spokesperson, of Justice Helen Winkelmann’s decision to discharge without conviction the offender charged with the fatal attack on 15 year old schoolboy Stephen Dudley. The Solicitor …
“Chuck it out and start with a blank piece of paper” states Ruth Money, Sensible Sentencing Trust Spokesperson in reference to the current name suppression laws. In a Reserved Judgment released today, Judge Paul Kellar highlights the nonsensical issues surrounding …
Meet the team
- Ruth Money —
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
Six years ago, my mum was brutally murdered. She was a 66-year-old dedicated new entrant teacher who was setting up her class for the new school term when Whetu Te Hiko walked in and gave her a disgusting beating that can only be described as horrific. He had five previous convictions and had not long been out of prison for a violent crime against his own partner when he attacked Mum. I will never understand why he was allowed to graze and mingle with people in society. The system that is supposed to keep us safe is offender based, but the committed team at Sensible Sentencing are giving victims a voice with their continued lobbying for change and more accountability. I ask that the New Zealand public unite in the fight for the rights of victims and support the only true voice we have, the Sensible Sentencing Trust.KEVIN MCNEIL
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