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:

1800RESPECT
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

Update

Following extensive consultation with victim-survivors, family members of deceased victims of sexual offences, community leaders, sexual assault support services, legal and media stakeholders, the Judicial Proceedings Reports Amendment Act 2021 has been made.

The Act amends the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958 to allow any person, including family and friends of a deceased victim of a sexual offence, and the media, to publish identifying details of the deceased victim without fear of committing an offence. It also provides a pathway for those close to a deceased victim to seek protection of their loved one’s identity.

The changes:

  • Make it clear that the prohibition on publishing identifying details of a victim of a sexual offence ends on the victim’s death.
  • Introduce a victim privacy order scheme to protect or restrict the publication of identifying details of deceased victims of sexual offending in appropriate cases.

Written submissions were open for lodgement between 14 December and 29 January 2021. Throughout two phases of consultation across February and June 2021, the Department of Justice and Community Safety met with sexual offence victim-survivors, family members of deceased victims and other key stakeholders to gain their views on the reforms.

For full details on the reforms, please see visit the Department of Justice and Community Safety website.

Please direct any queries to consultation@justice.vic.gov.au.

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 consultation@justice.vic.gov.au.

Following this consultation, a summary of submissions may be made public. All submissions will be deidentified.

For further information on how your personal information is handled please review the privacy policy of DJCS.