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

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 child witnesses & their families understand the legal system, key stages & what to expect when they go to court.

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Supporting the child as they prepare to give evidence

PACT is by the child witness’s side for support as they view their initial police statement – the ’93A’ Viewing of Evidence’, helping them stay calm, attentive and focussed. A less distressed child is more likely to comprehend and remember their evidence.

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Build confidence & self-belief, empowering children

We help child witnesses find their strength & resilience, giving them the confidence to find their voice & supporting their right to be heard without fear. PACT works to minimise the trauma associated with stressful situations like giving evidence.

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Support the witness as they give evidence in court

When the child witness attends court to give their evidence, their PACT Support Person attends with them. PACT sits next to the child as they speak to the judge, prosecutor & defence counsel from the CCTV room reserved for special witnesses.

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PACT is the only organisation in Queensland specifically working to support children and young people through the court process.

This is how we make an imPACT:

Child witnesses 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 prior to, and at the time of, giving evidence.

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)

ODPP’s time spent on liaison, support and education is reduced.

Reduced burden on the Queensland Police Service (QPS)

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, unlike when family members are chosen as court support persons. Children are also more willing to give evidence when they feel supported.

Increased number of completed 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 experience through the long court journey for children and their families

The court process can be long and unpredictable, often taking up to 2 years from arrest until the child gives evidence. PACT is there every step of the way to support witnesses and empower them as they journey through the courts and on to the stage beyond.

To date, we’ve helped nearly 26,000 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 imPACT we’re having to more than 1,800 children every year across Queensland

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Help us make an imPACT

Become a volunteer PACT Support Person and help us support child witnesses 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