Jesuit Social Services welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Inquiry into justice responses to sexual violence.

Our submission emphasises:

  • the need for a strong focus on, and significant investment in, sexual violence prevention and early intervention
  • the need to ensure police and other justice system professionals have a strong understanding of the nature of sexual violence; are appropriately trained and equipped to respond in ways that are trauma-informed, culturally safe; and are able to identify when independent specialist support is required
  • the importance of support for perpetrators when they exit prison to reduce reoffending and build safe communities
  • the value of, and need to consider, restorative justice approaches to dealing with sexual violence.