You may be asked to make a statement when you report the crime, or at a later date.

You do not have to make a statement or answer questions, but it will help police to investigate the crime.

If you don't cooperate with the police investigation, it might affect your right to compensation.

What to tell the police

Tell the police, in your own words, everything that you remember about what happened.

Sometimes the questions police must ask may be difficult or embarrassing to answer.

Try not to leave anything out, even if you don't think it is important.

The person accused of committing a crime might be called the ‘alleged offender’ or the ‘accused’. This is because the law in South Australia says people are innocent until proven guilty at court.

It isn’t because you are not believed.

Remembering something later

If you are still in shock you might not be able to remember everything. If you remember something days or weeks later tell the police.

Even small details could be important to the case.

Make sure police have your correct contact details as they may need to contact you.

You can also ask the police for a copy of your statement.