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"It already is bigger than everything else. It lives in front of me, behind me, next to me, inside me every single day. My schedule is dictated by it, my habits by it, my music by it."
~ Daisy Whitney ~

REPORTING ALTERNATIVES TO PROSECUTING
INTIMATE PARTNER SEXUAL VIOLENCE


WHAT ARE REPORTING OPTIONS?

For whatever reason, you may be unable to prosecute the partner who raped you, but you may still wish to tell the police about what happened to you. This is entirely possible in some places, and may even be done anonymously if you wish. It goes on record, and, while it is NOT the same as making a formal statement that triggers investigation, your report will alert police and may assist them in determining if he has done it to others. It does not matter how long ago the assault/s occurred. I think this is an empowering alternative to actual prosecution, and is one that I am at present making use of myself. I'm going to list some places below where reporting alternatives are available. If you don't see your location listed, please do call your closest rape crisis service, and see if it is available in your area. I would also invite people to contact me to let me know about other areas in which it is available. Links would also be great.

Please be aware that the process of filling in reports could trigger - you need to be as detailed as possible - so you may want to make use of your counsellor or a sexual assault worker to assist you.


"IPSV"="Intimate Partner Sexual Violence"

  • AUSTRALIA:
    NEW SOUTH WALES: Sexual Assault Reporting Option (SARO) pdf form available for download here. If there were multiple incidents, fill in a separate form for each. You can print out and hand-write on the forms, or, if you download the pdf to your own computer, it will become a fillable form, and you can type your answers to questions.
    Please note that the assault/s must have occurred in NSW, whether you are a resident of NSW or not.

    QUEENSLAND: Alternative Reporting Options (ARO) information available here.

    VICTORIA: The alternative reporting option exists, but not in online format. You will need to visit with the police. For more information, please contact Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team - and please also see below for an Australia-wide online reporting option.

    ACT: The alternative reporting option exists, but not in online format. You will need to visit with the police. For more information, please contact the AFP Sexual Assault Victim Liaison Officer on 6245 7441 - and please also see below for an Australia-wide online reporting option.

    AUSTRALIA-WIDE: Sexual Assault Report Anonymously (S.A.R.A) - You may report a sexual assault from anywhere is Australia, and you do not have to be anonymous unless you choose to do so. Again, it is not the same as making a formal statement, but will be shared with the police. Please go here for more information.

    For survivors of Child Sexual Assault, it is worth mentioning that there is an Australia-wide reporting option specifically for CSA here.

  • USA:
    EVAWI has some information on reporting options in the USA, including the You have Options Program here. Please be sure to contact sexual assault services, or the police in your state to see what options are available to you.