What VWCCS Does
Providing a helping hand...
VWCCS was established to inform and support victims and witnesses of crime within the unfamiliar environment of the court.
We know that appearing in court as a victim or a witness of crime can be both confusing and daunting. VWCCS can make this process easier for you by providing you with the information you need and being there with you at court to make you feel safe and comfortable. VWCCS can be there for you, if you need us, throughout the entire trial. Our service is free.
VWCCS’s role is to be at court to support victims and witnesses of crime who have been required to attend court by the police. VWCCS’s aim is to prepare and support clients throughout criminal hearings so the best outcome can be achieved for both them and the prosecution.
Importantly, VWCCS does not provide advocacy services. The agency focuses solely on providing a court support service for victims and witnesses of crime.
VWCCS accepts referrals from various victims of crime agencies including police, prosecutors, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), organisations supporting victims of domestic violence (male and female), social workers and the general public.
The court support team consists of trained volunteers. The service is free to all victims and witnesses.
This service for victims and witnesses of crime is available for Local and District Court matters at Newcastle Court House. The extension of VWCCS’ network to include Newcastle was greatly assisted by the support of the NSW Attorney General, Mark Speakman.read more
A service that helps victims and witnesses of crime prepare for court will be rolled out in Newcastle, Attorney General Mark Speakman and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald announced today.read more
Fiona Matthews and Denis O'Connell attended the Annual Volunteers in Policing Conference at the Park Royal Hotel in Parramatta on Saturday, 20th May. Fiona gave a presentation on behalf of VWCCS and she and Denis received a number of inquiries from VIP's concerning...read more
NSW undertakes ground breaking legislative reforms to support the victims and witnesses of crime.read more
NSW Attorney-General, Mark Speakman MP, was a valued guest of VWCCS at its 2017 first quarterly in-service Refresher / Training Program for its Volunteers held at Parliament House on Friday, 17 March. One of his key objectives, which from VWCCS’ point of view is a...read more