If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000).
Or if it is safe to do so, for help and support contact:
Confidential information, counselling and support. Open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. Phone: 1800 737 732
It is a crime to publish any details likely to identify a victim-survivor of a sexual offence. This law has been in place since 1991. It is intended to protect victim-survivors’ privacy and encourage reporting and prosecution of sexual offending.
The 2020 Victorian Law Reform Commission Contempt of Court Report made recommendations for reforming the publication prohibition in the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958 (JPRA) on identifying victim-survivors of sexual offences.
In November 2020, following extensive stakeholder consultations, amendments to the JPRA made it easier for victim-survivors of sexual offences to lawfully self-publish or authorise others to tell their stories without court involvement.
You can read more about the November 2020 reforms on the Department of Justice and Community Safety website.
The Government acknowledged that more substantial reforms are needed to the laws relating to deceased victims due to the complexities and sensitivities of the issue, and emphasised the need for these reforms to be developed in close collaboration with sexual offence victim-survivors, family members of deceased victims and other key stakeholders.
Submissions close 5pm Friday 29 January 2021.
We want to hear your views about how the law should treat the publication of details which may identify victims of sexual offences after their death.
Please download and read the consultation paper (see the document library above) then provide your response in one of these ways:
- email your written submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
- post your written submission to:
Department of Justice and Community Safety
GPO Box 4356
Melbourne VIC 3001
Submissions must be received by close of business on Friday 29 January 2021.
If you have any access requirements, please email email@example.com
Privacy collection notice
The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is committed to protecting your privacy.
Your submission will be considered by DJCS in providing advice to the Attorney-General on how the law should treat the publication of details which may identify a deceased sexual offence victim.
You are not required to provide any personal information in order to make a submission to this consultation.
If you provide your contact details DJCS may use it to seek clarification on your submission, or to notify you about the progress of these reforms.
If you choose to make your submission by email, we may be able to identify you from your email address. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can post your submission to DJCS. Please address written submissions to: JPRA Reforms, Department of Justice and Community Safety, GPO Box 4356, Melbourne VIC 3001.
Information will be held by DJCS and only used for the purpose of this consultation. DJCS will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law. You may contact DJCS to request access to any personal information you have provided to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following this consultation, a summary of submissions may be made public. All submissions will be deidentified.