Aboriginal Victims and Witnesses
If you are a victim of crime or witness in a case prosecuted by the ODPP, there is information and support available through the Witness Assistance Service (WAS).
Aboriginal WAS Officers
Every one of our regions in NSW has an Aboriginal WAS Officer who can assist you. You can contact the ODPP to find which Aboriginal WAS Officer is covering your area.
The WAS Officers have professional qualifications, training and experience in counselling to assist victims and witnesses and their families going through the prosecution process.
Aboriginal WAS Officers can help you with:
Understanding the Court process
Staying informed and updated about the court case
Understanding your rights and entitlements
Providing referrals for counselling and support
Talking with ODPP lawyers
Preparing for court
Arranging court support
Information about writing a victim impact statement.
To contact the Witness Assistance Service phone 1800 814 534 - ask to speak to the Aboriginal WAS Officer or a WAS Officer in your region.
Victims Services have the Aboriginal Contact Line 1800 019 123