Status in progress
1. Strong and safe Aboriginal families and communities
1.2 Aboriginal communities are safer
1.2.1 Victims and witnesses are better supported to manage and minimise the effects of crime
In progress
Victim Support and Justice Operations, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to 

This initiative has been included as one of three priority actions for the Child Witness Service (CWS) in the Victim Services, Support and Reform 2020-21 Business Plan.

The CWS will work with the Victims Assistance Program's Aboriginal Support Workers and the Koori Justice Unit (KJU) to engage with Aboriginal communities to design a culturally safe service response for Aboriginal child witnesses.

There will be an initial focus on planning and the development of resources. 


The Child Witness Service is a program within the Department of Justice and Community Safety, designed to assist children and young people who are called to provide evidence at Court about a violent crime. It provides children and young people the opportunity to give evidence from a remote witness room, rather than in person in the Court setting. The program operates at all Courts across Victoria and it is independent from police and prosecutions.