Response to recommendation 15 from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Steering Committee’s report

The ACT Government is commencing a review into a number of sexual assault cases that were reported to ACT Policing between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2021. The purpose of the review is to understand the reasons for a low number of cases progressing to charge, including those deemed unfounded, uncleared
or withdrawn.

The review will formally commence in May 2022.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, ACT Policing and the Victims of Crime Commissioner will form part of an Oversight Committee, along with an independent chair to guide the work of the review.

The rights, interests and wellbeing of victim-survivors will remain central to each aspect of the review. Victim-survivors and community members seeking further information are welcome to contact Victim Support ACT at SAPRcasereview@act.gov.au or on (02) 6207 0042.

If you need support at this time please contact the following support services:

Local:

Service: Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC)

Who can access: all people impacted by sexual violence

Phone: (02) 6247 2525

Available: 7am – 11pm, 7 days a week.

Website: crcc.org.au

Service: Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS)

Who can access: all people impacted by domestic and family violence

Phone: (02) 6280 0900

Available: 24-hours a day, 7 days a week

Website: dvcs.org.au

Service: Victim Support ACT (VSACT):

Who can access: anyone who is a victim of a crime committed in the ACT is eligible for support or information from Victim Support ACT

Phone: 1800 8222 72 or (02) 6205 2022

Available: Business hours, Monday – Friday

Website: www.victimsupport.act.gov.au

National:

Service: Full Stop Australia (formally Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia)
Who can access: anyone impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence
When: 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone: 1800 943 539
Website: fullstop.org.au

Service: 1800Respsect
Who can access: anyone impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence

When: 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone: 1800 737 732

Website:  1800respect.org.au

Service: Lifeline

Who can access: anyone feeling suicidal, overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe
When: 24-hours a day, 7 days a week

Phone: 13 11 14

Website: lifeline.org.au