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Aboriginal visitors scheme (AVS)



The Aboriginal visitors scheme (AVS) aims to provide a means of reducing the likelihood of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody through the implementation of a community oriented service provided by Aboriginal visitors.

The visitors provide support and counselling to Aboriginal people in custody, and assist in ensuring that:

The Aboriginal visitors are recruited from local community groups throughout the state, and all visitors are Aboriginal people who have made a personal commitment to assisting or supporting detainees/prisoners in their local areas. Visitors cannot help with money, legal or medical matters but can make referrals to appropriate agencies.

Abstract adapted from Department of Corrective Services Western Australia


Aboriginal Visitors Scheme
Ph: (08) 6254 8600

Department of Corrective Services WA
Level 9, 141 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Locked Bag 22
Cloisters Square WA 6850
Ph: (08) 9264 1711
Fax: (08) 9264 1748


Last updated: 19 February 2016
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