If You Witnessed a Crime
- A witness is someone who has information about a crime or incident. By coming forward, a witness can tell the police or courts what they experienced, saw or know about a crime. They can also provide evidence related to the crime.
- If you are the victim of a crime you are also a witness.
Visit Witness for a Criminal Case for more information.
Understanding If You Have Witnessed a Crime
You might not always know that what has happened is considered a crime. A crime is a breach of the basic rules of how to behave in society. It is a breach serious enough to be considered an offence against society as a whole, not just a specific person. Some crimes may be against people (for example: hitting, threatening, stalking, sexually assaulting or killing someone). Other crimes may be against property (for example: stealing someone's car or breaking a window).
To learn more about what is a crime is, see:
Speak with Someone
If you are unsure whether what you experienced, know or saw is a crime or if you would like to report a crime:
Help and Support
There is help and support available to you if you have witnessed a crime. Explore this section to learn more. You can also visit: