Victims of crime get 21st Century support

Issued: Friday, 11 July 2014
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NSW Attorney General Brad Hazzard today launched an innovative new mobile app to help victims of crime and their families navigate the justice system.

“The NSW Government is doing what it can to ease the experience of victims of crime in the criminal justice process. This app makes it easier and simpler to get information about the court process,support services and victim’s rights,” Mr Hazzard said.

“In the 21st Century it is time to demystify the criminal justice system – and apps are a major leap forward. This app provides information and guidance for victims from the time of the crime until after the court process has finished.”

The Justice Journey app covers the following issues:

  • When a crime is committed (recovering from a crime, medical examinations and evidence gathering);

  • Reporting the crime (how to report a crime and give a statement to police);

  • Crime investigation (the role of police including identifying perpetrators and information on arrest);

  • Getting ready for court (what to wear and access court support services);

  • Your time at court (the roles and responsibilities of a witness; how to give evidence and victim impact statements);

  • After court (appeals, access to court documents, counselling and support).

Mr Hazzard said in another important step in ensuring victims of crime voices are heard, people with experience in victims support are being asked to nominate for six community members positions on the Victims Advisory Board.

“This is a great opportunity for those working in victims support to help shape the way the NSW Government supports victims of crime now and into the future,” Mr Hazzard said.

The Victims Advisory Board provides strategic advice to the Government on issues, services, policies and legislation affecting victims of crime.

For more information on how to apply to the VAB please contact Assistant Director General, Department of Justice, Brendan Thomas (02) 8688 7620.

The free Justice Journey app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and on the App Store. It is available on DVD, You Tube and online at www.victimsservices.justice.nsw.gov.au

Justice Journey App Flyer [PDF, 304kb]

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