Rollercoaster ride: victims of sexual assault : their experiences with and views about the criminal justice process in the ACT

 
Author(s)ACT Victims of Crime Coordinator
Title Rollercoaster ride: victims of sexual assault : their experiences with and views about the criminal justice process in the ACT
Source Canberra: ACT Government, 2009
Date 2009
Document type Research report
Coverage ACT, Australia
Summary This report is the result of two studies in the ACT of a small number of adults who had experienced sexual assault and who had reported the matter to the police. The study was conducted in two parts, with the first part involving qualitative interviews with individual victims of sexual assault about their views and experiences of the criminal justice process and the second part involved participants answering questions through a computer program, as part of a larger national project. Participants in this study were primarily positive about their experiences of the criminal justice system in the ACT. For example, most of those interviewed found the police, prosecutors and victim liaison staff to be supportive and positive. Similarly for those who appeared in court the judiciary were regarded as supportive and respectful. However, for those appearing in court their experience of defence lawyers was generally found to be humiliating and difficult. Another interesting finding was that all participants felt that their views should be taken into account at sentencing but did not feel the decisions about length of sentence and type of punishment should be up to them.
Keywords Sexual assault; expectations; experiences; victim support; good practice; engagement with criminal justice system.
Topic

Sexual assault