Pilot study on sexual assault and related offences in the ACT : stage 3

ISSN
1326-6004
ISBN
978 1 921185 46 5
Published Date
Series
Research and public policy series
79
Jurisdictions
Australian Capital Territory

Abstract

The ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety commissioned the Australian
Institute of Criminology to undertake research in relation to sexual assault and
related offences in the ACT. The objectives of this three-stage project were to:
examine the feasibility of an integrated justice information system by focusing
on sexual assault and related offences; gauge the type of sexual assault and
related offences data available from ACT criminal justice agencies; develop a
minimum crime and justice dataset on sexual assault and related offences; and,
examine a snapshot of sexual assault and related offences in order to explore
the nature of these offences. This report is the product of stage three of the
project and is divided into two parts: the first addresses data tracking, and
the second provides a snapshot of sexual assault and related offences in the
ACT. This report on the project aims to: outline the processes involved in
compiling data across the ACT criminal justice system and highlight the key
lessons learnt regarding interagency information tracking; contextualise the
current project, by discussing key concepts and issues linked to sexual assault
and related offences and providing statistical information drawn from a range of
sources; provide a snapshot of sexual assault and related offences in the ACT,
including a discussion of attrition from the ACT criminal justice system.