Commissioner for Victims of Crime Kati Kraszlan today announced the Victim Voices conference would take place on 16 September.
“A focus of the conference will be how to support diverse victims of crime, all of whom have different needs,” Ms Kraszlan said.
The conference will hear from victim representatives, while Attorney General John Quigley, the Chief Justice, the Hon Peter Quinlan SC, and Department of Justice Director General Dr Adam Tomison will deliver speeches.
A panel will examine the ‘victims’ journey’, with representatives from each phase of the criminal justice system discussing ways to make the experience less traumatic.
“We will also be looking at the findings of a WA-first evaluation of the State’s pilot justice facility dog program, where Winston the Labrador visits public areas of the Children’s Court to provide support,” Ms Kraszlan said.
Tickets for the event, to be held at the State Library of Western Australia, are free but must be booked at https://justice.wa.gov.au/victim-voice-conference.
The conference’s announcement follows the State Government tasking the Law Reform Commission with reviewing the State’s sexual offence laws and the Office for the Commissioner for Victim of Crime with an end-to-end review of the criminal justice system for victims of crime.