Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences

The Victorian Law Reform Commission will review and report on Victoria's laws relating to rape, sexual assault and associated adult and child sexual offences.

The review will identify opportunities to embed and build upon previous reforms, identify the barriers to reporting and resolving sexual offences, and make recommendations to improve the justice system's response.

This inquiry is open for submissions until 23 December 2020. Find out how to make a submission. If you would like to receive updates on this inquiry, or participate in the consultation process, please email us.

Make a submission by 23 December 2020.

The Commission will report to the Attorney-General by 31 August 2021.

Download the issues papers and view the complete terms of reference from the links at the bottom of this page.

Content warning

The materials in these issues papers relate to sexual assault and/or violence. Some content may be confronting or disturbing.

If you need help, here are some options for advice and support.

Ethical reporting

The Victorian Law Reform Commission encourages sensitive, ethical reporting of the issues related to this reference and requests that, wherever possible, the contact details of support services are included in media reports because people who have experienced sexual harm may have long lasting trauma.

 

 

 

Timeline

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Final report
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Project Publications

Your ideas about sexual harm - Easy English paper

We have prepared an Easy English paper, Your Ideas About Sexual Harm, for people who want to tell us their views about sexual harm. Follow the link...

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Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences: Issues papers

The Commission has published eight short issues papers for our inquiry, Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences.  They are...

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Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences: terms of reference

Referral to the Victorian Law Reform Commission pursuant to section 5(1 )(a) of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000. The Victorian Law...

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