NSW Sexual Assault Strategy
The NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018-2021 is a comprehensive framework to improve prevention and response to sexual assault. 'Sexual assault' is the term used to describe all types of sexual offences, ranging from sexual harassment to aggravated sexual assault. The strategy delivers a three-year, whole-of-government approach to sexual assault in NSW for the first time.
The strategy aims to improve the existing service system for adults and children who experience sexual assault, while holding perpetrators to account. It also seeks to raise community awareness of sexual violence while improving prevention and education measures in families and the wider community.
The Strategy sets out reform initiatives across five key areas:
- prevention and early intervention,
- supporting victims and survivors,
- holding perpetrators accountable,
- reshaping the service system.
The strategy was informed by a wide evidence base, a comprehensive state-wide consultation process, and advice from experts in the field, frontline workers, non-government service providers, peak organisations and government agencies.