Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences

Submissions to this inquiry and the public consultation phase have closed.

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.

If you would like to receive updates on this inquiry, please email us.

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. We have also published an Easy English paper, Your Ideas About Sexual Harm, also available from the link below. You can also download our issues paper on the proposed new 'Grab and drag' offence. Download Sexual Offences: 'Grab and Drag'.

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.

Submissions to this inquiry and the public consultation phase have closed.

 

 

 

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Project Publications

Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences: Submissions

The Commission has received the following submissions to its review of Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences. The...

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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. It is available...

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

Submissions to this inquiry and the public consultation phase closed on 23 December 2020, except for the 'grab and drag' aspect of the inquiry....

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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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