Sexual assault

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7 Feb 2018

Last week Rocky Horror Show actor Craig McLachlan issued defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne, one of the women who has accused McLachlan of sexual harassment. While no criminal charges have been laid, police are currently investigating allegations...

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20 Dec 2017

In November 2017, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner wrote to all 39 Vice Chancellors to request information about what actions their university had taken in response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Change the course report. This audit document outlines the responses.


1 Nov 2017

This report uses the most current data to shed light on four specific forms of violence: violent discipline and exposure to domestic abuse during early childhood; violence at school; violent deaths among adolescents; and sexual violence in childhood and adolescence.


25 Sep 2017

This report details the findings from a complex investigation into allegations of sexual assault against a resident of a group home for persons with a disability run by Autism Plus.

Research report

25 Sep 2017

This is the first of two audits to assess Victoria Police’s progress towards building a safer, more respectful organisation. This audit sought to assess Victoria Police’s progress towards implementing the twenty recommendations contained in the previous Phase 1 report, released in December 2015.


6 Sep 2017

The purpose of this resource is to synthesise over forty years of research evidence to present an accurate and updated picture of sexual offending.


1 Aug 2017

At the request of Australia’s 39 universities, the Australian Human Rights Commission has conducted a national, independent survey of university students to gain greater insight into the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.


1 Aug 2017

Universities must act to prevent sexual assault and harassment from happening in the first place, writes Michael Flood.

Briefing paper

5 Jun 2017

This issues paper considers the law on consensual assault in Tasmania.

Discussion paper

17 May 2017

Despite some advances, reforms to sexual assault law and policy have not translated into significant change and shortcomings of the system continue to undermine and restrict survivors/victims ability to access protection, redress and justice for these crimes.

Research report

2 Sep 2016

Executive summary

The Taskforce was established on 26 November 2012 to assist complainants who had suffered sexual abuse, physical abuse, sexual harassment and workplace harassment and bullying in Defence prior to 11 April 2011. Ministers have recently extended the operation of the Taskforce...


30 Aug 2016

This resource has information for women and girls who have been sexually assaulted including:

What sexual assault means; Getting medical help and counselling after a sexual assault; Reporting to the police; and Legal process and your rights.

Research report

26 May 2016

For too long, people with disability in Victoria have endured violence in all its forms. The voices of people with disability, their families and carers have been sidelined or ignored, and widespread abuse and neglect continues. Similar to the issue of violence against women, violence...


24 May 2016

These guidelines have been developed to build the capacity of workers in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug (AOD) sectors in Victoria to support shared clients who experience both sexual assault trauma and substance use issues.

The guidelines have been prepared by...

Research report

29 Feb 2016

This report explores what helps children and young people with disability and high support needs to feel and be safe in institutional settings.

In January 2013, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, (then) Governor-General, appointed a Royal Commission to inquire into institutional responses to child...

Research report

8 Dec 2015

The findings of the review are outlined in this report, along with a comprehensive and integrated set of recommendations that seek to promote safety and gender equality within Victoria Police and drive organisational transformation.

Research report

28 Oct 2015

Examines the intersection between sexual assault and domestic violence, focusing on two forms of concurrent victimisation: re-victimisation and intimate partner sexual violence.

Summary This state of knowledge paper examines the intersection between sexual assault and domestic violence, focusing on two forms of concurrent...

Research report

22 Oct 2015

This report provides substantial additional analysis of the data produced through the Australian Personal Safety Survey (PSS). The PSS is currently a largely untapped resource - even the publicly available PSS data has yet to be fully explored and applied to the most obviously relevant...

Research report

30 Sep 2015

Examines the available literature on trauma-informed frameworks, models and guidelines that guide organisations to improve service provision to survivors of sexual violence with mental health problems.

Summary This paper examines the available literature on trauma-informed frameworks, models and guidelines that guide organisations to...

Research report

7 Sep 2015

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan) is a 12-year strategy that aims to make a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children. Under the Second Action Plan 2013–2016: Moving Ahead (the Second...