Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Strategy

Project to develop WA’s first Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Strategy

Sexual violence has a significant and lasting impact on victims, their families and the wider community.

On 4 September 2021, the WA Government announced the commissioning  of Western Australia’s first sexual violence prevention and response strategy. The Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime in the Department of Justice and the Department of Communities will lead the development of the strategy over the next two years.

The purpose of the strategy is to improve outcomes for victim-survivors of sexual violence, focusing on primary prevention, support for victim-survivors’ recovery and holding perpetrators to account.

To ensure that the strategy is informed by the views and experiences of the community, consultation will be undertaken in 2022. More information will be provided before consultation opens.

In November 2021, the Department of Justice, Department of Communities and the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing hosted a consultative forum to engage with organisations that work to address sexual violence in WA. The purpose of the forum was to discuss consultation and community engagement for developing the strategy. An outcomes paper from the forum will be published on this page.

You can contact the Project Team at sexualviolencestrategy@justice.wa.gov.au.

While the Project Team will work to ensure processes are safe, respectful, and trauma informed, reading information about the development of the strategy or participating in the consultation process may provoke feelings of distress.

Support is available.

In an emergency, or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the police now on 000.

  • 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • Sexual Assault Resource Centre Crisis Counselling: 08 6458 1828 (8.30 am to 11.00 pm, every day)
  • Sexual Assault Resource Centre Emergency Line: 1800 199 888 (24 hours, for sexual assault within the past 2 weeks)
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • Blue Knot Foundation: 1300 657 380 (9.00 am to 5.00 pm AEDT, 7 days a week, for adult survivors of child abuse)
  • Crisis Care: 1800 199 008 information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help.
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 000 599, provides counselling and referrals for male perpetrators, as well as male victims of family and domestic violence.
  • Mensline Australia: 1300 78 99 78 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1800 880 052 |TIS 13 14 50 | NRS 1800 555 677 (9.00 am to 9.00 pm weekdays, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm weekends and public holidays)
  • Western Australia Police Force: 131 444 / 08 9428 1600 (to report a sexual assault)
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline: provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence (including referrals to women’s refuges). Phone: 1800 007 339.
Page reviewed 21 March 2022