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Giving evidence recorded by police at the scene in family violence matters

Police are trialling the use of body worn cameras as a means of taking a victim statement from a person at the scene of an alleged family violence incident.

Police are trialling the use of body worn cameras as a means of taking a victim statement from a person at the scene of an alleged family violence incident. This trail began in October 2018. If the victim agrees, police may use the digitally recorded statement as their evidence in chief. The aim is to reduce the trauma to the victim of having to tell their story over again in court. The trail was originally limited to family violence matters investigated from the Ballarat, Ballarat North, Ballarat West and Epping police stations. From June 2021, the trial is being extended and rolled out across the state.

See Family violence and body worn cameras.

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