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The Canine Court Companion Program is an initiative between Guide Dogs NSW, and Victims Services. The program is designed to support victims of crime and ease the stress of attending court.
Therapy Dog Teams offer support in publicly accessible areas of the courthouse, including the foyer and safe room. Therapy Dog Teams may also receive special requests from police or court professionals to assist with people who are especially anxious, or who might benefit from spending time with a Therapy Dog.
The program is currently operational at courthouses in Manly, Gosford, Sutherland, Burwood, Campbelltown, Lismore, Goulburn, Nowra, Orange, and Wagga Wagga.
You can find more information on the program on the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT website..
12 Dec 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.