A support person in the context of reporting crime to police is someone that a person
choose, including a friend or family member, to be with them when making a statement.
If the victim is a
(child or person with a cognitive disability) then the police are
to arrange for an appropriate support person to assist the victim when making a statement. This can be someone the victim chooses or consents to. A support person supporting a
person must be:
Aged 18 years or over
Meet the requirements of
clause 26 of the
Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Regulation 2005.
Understand their role with respect to the
and the functions the legislation intends them to perform.
court support person
assists and supports the person who is a victim of crime when that person is a witness in a court hearing. The support person's role is to help the witness before and during the hearing. For example to accompany the witness, give emotional and psychological support, reassure the witness and explain what is happening.
The witness chooses their support person. A support person can be a friend or a family member of the witness, or a professional counsellor or a person from a witness support group.
Sometimes in court the defence lawyer might object to the choice of support person and it is then up to the Judge to decide.
The witness may have one or more support persons, for example, a family member and a professional counsellor.
A support person cannot be someone who is going to give evidence in the case.
Information for court support people
Help and Support > Victims of crime generally > Court support