The court process can be incredibly daunting for a witness, particularly for victims of sexual or domestic abuse and violent crimes.

PACT educates, empowers and supports child victims helping them understand the legal system and being by their side as they give their best evidence.

Our goal is to ensure every child in Australia is supported through the stressful process of giving evidence, empowered throughout their justice journey.

Here's how we help:

Education and information on the legal process

PACT demystifies the complex court process in a way a child can understand, reducing the fear of giving evidence by helping victims and their families understand the key stages.

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Supporting the child as they prepare to give evidence

PACT is by the victim’s side as they review their police statement, helping them stay calm, attentive and focussed. A less distressed child is more likely to remember their evidence.

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Build confidence and self-belief, empowering children

We help child victims find their courage, strength and resilience, giving them the confidence to find their voice and supporting their right to be heard without fear in court.

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Support the witness as they give evidence in court

PACT sits next to the child when they give evidence from the vulnerable witness room, reducing their anxiety and stopping them feeling isolated or alone while in court.

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This is how we make an imPACT:

Child victims and their families are better prepared

Children and their families have a better understanding of what to expect throughout the court process and when they give evidence in court.

Increased quality of evidence

Children are able to give better evidence because of the preparation and support received before and during their testimony.

Better preparation to give evidence

Young witnesses concentrate more and stay focussed when preparing their evidence with PACT’s impartial support, without influence or pressure from other parties.

Reduced workload for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP)

Time spent on victim liaison, support and education is reduced, allowing them to focus on legal case preparation and appearing in court.

Reduced workload for police services

The time police officers spend on victim liaison and general support work is reduced, providing more time for crime investigation and prevention activities.

Reduced delays in court proceedings

PACT is independent and endorsed by the courts so objections to our involvement are very rare, resulting in a smoother process.

Increased number of prosecutions

Evidence is considered more reliable as the support offered to children helps to maintain their composure during testimony and increases their willingness to give evidence.

Better support through the long court journey

The court process can be long and unpredictable, often taking up to 2 years. PACT is there every step of the way.

To date, we've helped more than 27,000 children give evidence in court

Learn more about PACT:

Our Services

PACT is committed to helping child victims of, and witnesses to, crime through education, support and empowerment

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Our imPACT

See the positive imPACT we’re making to 1,800+ children and their families every year

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Get Involved

Join us as a volunteer, supporter or donor and help us support child victims and their families

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“I want to share my gratitude and say how much PACT has supported us all. I know at times it hasn’t been easy as I have been so angry this happened to my daughter. I am sorry if it has been a lot to deal with but I am sincerely grateful for PACT’s work with our family.”

Letter from a parent

“In supporting children through the court process, PACT is an organisation which provides an invaluable service to the delivery of justice in Queensland.”

His Honour Chief Judge Kerry O’Brien

“My son attended court recently as a witness. We have been discussing the whole process and he keeps coming back to what a wonderful support and awesome person his PACT Support Person is. He even stated ‘I wish she was my aunty, I’d hang out with her’. That’s huge considering he’s a teenage boy and at the stage where his friends are the only beings who exist in his world. PACT made the whole process a lot less traumatic. Thank you will never be enough.”

Letter from a parent