An initiative launched by the Justice Minister formally sets out how victims of crime can expect to be treated by the people, agencies and groups working to help them.
The Victims Code was presented at the Red Raincoat Trust's annual conference in Napier.
The new code explains what people are entitled to under the Victim's Rights Act.
Minister Amy Adams said it brings together 11 rights, including the right to be informed, to make a victim impact statement, to receive notification after a court sentencing, and to be informed about and express views on bail.
It also gives a victim the right to make a submission relating to parole or extended supervision orders.
Ms Adams said she would soon announce the appointment of a chief victims advisor to the Government.