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New web resource for victims and witnesses of crime

Media Release

A new internet resource to support victims and witnesses of crime has been launched by the Morrison Government, in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The new Victims and Witnesses website has been designed to demystify the prosecution process and uses plain English and simple graphics that can be instantly translated into more than 100 different languages.

The site is a tailored communication channel that also provides information about the support services available to vulnerable victims and witnesses of crime, including the victims and witnesses of child sexual abuse.

The site has been developed by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP), in consultation with victims, witnesses, non-government organisations, and prosecutors.

While the CDPP has provided specific information for victims and witnesses on its website for a number of years, in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission, it undertook a formal review of this material and how it was presented. Today's launch is the culmination of this research.

Funding for the project was part of an overall package, which included funding from the Morrison Government of $2.5 million over four years from 2018-19 (and $0.7 million per year ongoing) to expand the CDPP Witness Assistance Service.

Launching the site, Attorney General Christian Porter, said the service highlights the need to keep the needs of victims in mind when prosecuting crimes against vulnerable people.

"An important dimension of the prosecution work the CDPP does is treating victims and witnesses of crime with courtesy, compassion, cultural sensitivity and respect," he said.

"Victims of crime, particularly sexual abuse, need every support possible to help them through the prosecution process to ensure the justice system does not compound the trauma of the original crime.

"This site demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the Morrison Government to those who have been affected by crime, providing clear and easy to understand advice about what can be an intimidating and difficult process."