A mobile application that assists victims of crime traverse the justice system has been released by Victims Services, a part of the newly renamed NSW Department of Justice. It is hoped that the app will help victims reduce stress and trauma, states the website.
The free app, named ‘Justice Journey’, brings together existing resources such as court procedure education videos via YouTube, support agency links, and clickable phone numbers.
Separate pages are allocated to the stages the victim is likely to go through in their justice journey: the crime being committed; reporting the crime; crime investigation; getting ready for court; the victim’s time at court; and, after court.
NSW’s Justice Journey is only one in a wave of app investments being initiated by police and justice agencies across Australia.
South Australia has been allocated $1 million in capital funding for their Crime Tracking App, which is, according to the Budget, a “new app for victims to track the investigation and progress of reported crimes.” It appears that this app will serve a different function to the NSW app which seems to be predominantly for educational purposes.
SA Police was also allocated an additional $113,000 over the forward estimates for the development of a new mobile phone app to report suspicious criminal behavior, and the SA Attorney General’s Department has been allocated $272,000 to conduct council trials of a mobile phone app to report graffiti and property damage.
NSW’s Justice Journey app is available on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play.