Going to court may be an ordeal to a victim who is struggling with feelings of fear or helplessness. This programme is intended to provide support and mentorship to persons who have been victims of serious crimes such as sexual assault, domestic violence and in matrimonial cases, where persons who have been abused can seek support in the courtroom. The Coalition will train volunteers who will be the core of a Victim Support/Witness Support programme.
The programme is in the early stages, as it has no funding as yet. The police are particularly anxious to have this programme started, as they cannot as prosecutors, undertake it themselves.