The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has released the AIC’s Evaluation of the ACT Sexual Assault Reform Program (SARP): Final report, Technical and Background paper 51By Jessica Anderson, Kelly Richards and Katie Willis
In 2005, the ACT Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) produced the report Responding to sexual assault: The challenge of change (DPP & AFP 2005), which made 105 recommendations for reforming the way sexual offence cases are handled by the ACT’s criminal justice system.
The Sexual Assault Reform Program (SARP) is one key initiative developed in response to these recommendations and is managed by the ACT Government’s Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS). The reforms were funded in 2007.
This evaluation of the ACT SARP reforms show that they have provided a useful foundation on which to continue improving services and support for victims/survivors of sexual offences in the ACT.