New information for victims of gender-based violence

Steps to Justice has new information on crimes involving gender-based violence and private prosecutions. A crime involving gender-based violence is a crime committed against someone because of their gender.

This includes:

  • violent offences, such as assault and sexual assault, and
  • offences that involve controlling or manipulative behaviour, such as criminal harassment.

A private prosecution is a process where someone asks the court to lay criminal charges against a person they believe committed a crime. Private prosecution may be an option for some victims of gender-based violence. They might do this if the police decide not to investigate an incident, or do investigate but decide not to lay charges.

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