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Commissioner for Victims of Crime

The Commissioner for Victims of Crime has particular responsibility to ensure that both members of the public and government agencies are aware of the Victims of Crime Act 1994 and of their corresponding rights and responsibilities under that Act.

The Commissioner:

  • Provides high level advice and expertise to the Director General and the Attorney General on issues surrounding victims of crime in Western Australia;
  • Monitors and reviews the effect of all elements of the justice system on victims of crime with a particular focus on Police and court practices and procedures;
  • Builds and sustains effective communication and working relationships with key stakeholders, victims of crime, government agencies and industry representatives.

Videos for victims of crime

New Family Violence Laws for Western Australia Video: Overview

On 1 July 2017, a new category of Restraining Order specifically to deal with family violence came into operation in Western Australia:  the Family Violence Restraining Order. 

More information about the new restraining orders legislation can be found by watching the newly-produced infographic below or by reading the new legislation at

A new community education initiative comprises a series of videos to provide information to victims of crime to assist them navigate the criminal justice system. The first three videos completed include:

Your Voice: Overview

This video provides information to assist victims of crime understand how they could be involved in the criminal justice system and support services they can access. It explains the standards of treatment victims of crime can rightly expect in accordance with the guidelines of the Victims of Crime Act 1994.

Your Voice: Victim Impact Statement

A Victim Impact Statement (VIS) tells the judge or magistrate about how a crime has affected you. It may be taken into account when the offender is sentenced. This video includes information about a VIS, when they are required, who can write one and what could be considered for inclusion.

Your Voice: Children and Adolescent Witnesses

Young people are often witnesses in court proceedings. This video has been developed to assist young victims of crime, and other young people, prepare to give evidence in Court.

Contact details

Commissioner for Victims of Crime
GPO Box F317
Phone: (08) 9264 9877

Victim Support and Child Witness Service

Phone: (08) 9425 2850
Freecall: 1800 818 988

Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation

Phone: (08) 9425 3250

Last updated: 26-Jul-2017

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