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.

Submissions are open on the proposed 'grab and drag' offence until 2 April 2021.  We will continue to consult with the community on 'grab and drag' after this date.

Scroll down to download the 'grab and drag' issues paper.

All issues papers for our inquiry, Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences, are available as pdfs and Word documents from the links at the bottom of the page.

The issues papers describe the current state of the justice system and ask questions about how to improve it. 

This review has the potential to reshape the way the justice system deals with sexual offences in Victoria. 

The Commission will report by 31 August 2021.

How we use your submissions

We publish public submissions on our website, unless they include comments that are offensive or defamatory, or are outside the scope of the review. However:

  • we will remove personal addresses and contact details
  • we may remove the names of people making submissions who have experienced sexual harm, depending on the circumstances (for example, if they do not consent to being identified)
  • we may remove information that might identify someone (in submissions that discuss specific cases or the personal circumstances of people).

NB: The law about identifying victims of sexual offences has changed since we published our Issues Papers. The information on our website has been updated, but not in the Issues Papers. We will contact anyone making a submission that is affected by this change before publishing the submission.

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.

Date published: 
05 Oct 2020
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