Facilitating innovation in victims of crime experiences of the justice system.

This intensive workshop model with Victims Services and stakeholders re-imagined a justice system that expanded its remit to service victims.

DOC facilitated the Victims of Crime workshop hosting Victims Services and a range of internal and external stakeholders to jointly redesign the justice system to cater for victims of crime. Representatives from 18 organisations were involved including the Department of Justice Strategy and Policy, Homicide Victims’ Support Group, NSW Sentencing Council, , Enough is Enough, Ministry for Police and Emergency Services, Witness Assistance Service, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victims Services (Department of Justice), Victims of Crime Assistance League, NSW Police Force, Corrective Services, Restorative Justice Unit, and NSW Health.

This highly successful session facilitated by DOC staff overcame competing stakeholder agendas to create shared values from which solution directions were conceived and an agenda for change put forward as recommendations by the group.

The recommendations generated by stakeholders in this session are in the process of being implemented. Feedback from the stakeholder participants showed a strong level of engagement with the process and value for the pivotal shared understanding, which continues to act as a reference point between stakeholders.