Reporting Sexual Assault to Police

Sexual assault is a serious crime that can impact anybody. It can be difficult and distressing to make a report to the police. A person who has experienced sexual assault may decide not to report to police, or not to have a medical or forensic examination. This is their choice and should be respected and supported.

 

Police strongly encourage victims and witnesses to report sexual assault, but they understand that not everyone wants to pursue a formal investigation. There are options for making informal and anonymous reports of sexual assault.  Police can provide information about these options and can also refer to medical care and counselling agencies.

New South Wales

Making a report to the police in NSW

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.]

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. It might be helpful to discuss your decision with a counsellor or someone you trust, and to know how sexual assault is investigated by police.

Many survivors have reasons for not officially reporting the crimes of sexual assault or rape. You can make an informal report about the assault(s) and the perpetrator, anonymously if you prefer. This is different to making an official complaint or seeking prosecution. An informal report means that the police do not press charges in relation to your experience of abuse or assault but are still provided valuable information about the offence(s) that may assist in other prosecutions. For more information, or to report to New South Wales Police through Sexual Assault Reporting Option (SARO)

Queensland

Making a report to the police in QLD

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. It might be helpful to discuss your decision with a counsellor or someone you trust, and to know how sexual assault is investigated by police.

Many survivors have reasons for not officially reporting the crimes of sexual assault or rape. You can make an informal report about the assault(s) and the perpetrator, anonymously if you prefer. This is different to making an official complaint or seeking prosecution. An informal report means that the police do not press charges in relation to your experience of abuse or assault but are still provided valuable information about the offence(s) that may assist in other prosecutions.

For more information, or to report toPolice through Alternative Reporting Option (ARO).

South Australia

Making a report to the police in SA

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. You can provide information anonymously without contacting the police personally: If you are apprehensive about involving police you are encouraged to make contact with Yarrow Place, Rape and Sexual Assault Service where you will be provided with information and choices about accessing medical and counselling services. (Free call 1800 817 421). An opportunity exists to provide information anonymously to police by completing a questionnaire that in no way identifies you as the victim.

For more information, or to report to Police SA Police Sexual Crime Investigations
Ph: 08 8172 5555 (business hours only)

Victoria

Making a report to the police

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. It might be helpful to discuss your decision with a counsellor or someone you trust, and to know how sexual assault is investigated by police.

If you would like further information about the investigation process you may speak to a Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) detective.

SOCIT Detectives:

Melbourne (03) 8690 4056
Brimbank (03) 9313 3460 
Diamond Creek (03) 9438 8320
Epping (03) 9409 8174
Fawkner (03) 9355 6100
Footscray (03) 8398 9860

Western Australia

Making a report to the police in WA

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. It might be helpful to discuss your decision with a counsellor or someone you trust, and to know how sexual assault is investigated by police.

Sex Assault Squad can be contacted on (08) 9428 1600 or by email.