Overview

The Victorian Government has asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to think of ways to make it easier for people who have experienced being stalked to get help and support to make it stop. Can you help us?

We use ‘stalking’ to mean repeated behaviour by a person that:

  • makes you afraid for your safety or the safety of someone else
  • causes you physical harm or
  • causes you emotional harm.

If you are an adult and have experienced being stalked (even when you were under 18) or helped someone who has, we would like to hear from you about:

  • how to make it easier to tell someone what happened
  • how to make it easier to get support and practical help
  • how to make it easier to make stalking stop
  • anything else you think would help another person who might experience being stalked

We want to hear from you

  • whether or not you told police or went to court
  • if you find it harder to get the support you need to make you safe, for example, because you have a disability or you come from a particular cultural group.

Please do not tell us any personal information such as your name or anyone else’s name, or your phone or email.

How to participate

This online form is for people who have experienced stalking and those that have supported them. You can tell us your views anonymously, right now.

If you want to tell us more, you can write us a submission instead of using this form. You should write a submission if you want to tell us your name or if you would like us to talk to you more about your ideas, because we cannot take your name, phone or email on this form.

If you want to make a submission, please read the Stalking consultation paper. You do not need to read the consultation paper if you are just doing this online form.

How we will use your answers

We will write a report that tells the Government what we think needs to happen. For example, we can tell the government it should start a new service, continue a program, or change the law. The Government will then decide what to do.

We may publish what you say (for example, your ideas or how you felt about the police), but we won’t publish anything that will reveal who you are. You can also tell us if you want us to use your ideas but not your words.

If you need help

If you want to talk to a counsellor about what happened or find out what you can do to get help, there are places that can help. If you are in danger, phone 000 for police assistance. .

Privacy collection notice

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (the Commission) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. The ideas you provide will be used to inform our inquiry on improving the response of the justice system to stalking for the Victorian Government, in consultations and in the report. If you consent, we may also publish and quote directly from your response in our summary of consultations and our report, which will be publicly available.
Please do not include personally identifying information in your responses in this form. Responses using this form may be available through the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
More information about the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s privacy policy is available via: https://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au/privacy.
As we only seek anonymous responses, you will not be able to access your survey response once it has been submitted. If you have questions regarding the survey, the Commission can be contacted at stalking@lawreform.vic.gov.au.

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