The Communication Partner Service offers assistance to people with complex communication needs to provide an accurate and coherent account of their experiences in police interviews and court proceedings.
The Statutes Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses) Act 2015 provided the statutory basis for the establishment of the service. The new law entitles a witness to be given communication assistance in certain circumstances and includes a communication partner and/or use of a communication device.
The Communication Partner Service provides independent, trained volunteer personnel to facilitate communication between vulnerable victims, suspects, witnesses and defendants with complex communication needs in and out of court.
To request support during a police interview or court proceedings, please call 1800 615 677 and press #6 at the prompt (7 days a week between 7am and 10pm).
General enquiries: (08) 8202 5293
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