The New Zealand Police website has recently been updated with a new section focused on sexual assault.
Information on the process of reporting a sexual assault, the investigations process and how police work with victims is now more easily available.
“The wellbeing and safety of victims is paramount to police and we are continually seeking ways to improve the process of reporting a sexual assault and the ongoing investigation,” says national crime manager Detective Superintendent Tim Anderson.
An ‘Adult Sexual Assault Victims Survey' has been launched for complainants to provide feedback on all stages of the investigation.
The survey asks respondents brief questions on specific areas of the investigation, from how they were treated when they first spoke to police, through to the ongoing investigation and the final result.
Police are also seeking feedback on the support and communication provided.
“Sexual assault is a serious crime and maintaining the privacy and dignity of victims is of utmost importance to Police,” says Tim.
The survey may be completed anonymously.
“The survey will be used to improve the quality of service Police provide now and in the future.”
The website also includes safety advice for those out socialising, including being out at night or using online dating profiles.
References for support services available and your rights when dealing with an assault are provided.
Police encourage anyone who has been subject to any unwanted sexual behaviour to speak to Police.
The contact details for your local Police station may be found here. www.police.govt.nz/contact-us/stations
Sexual Assault: what you need to know can be found here. www.police.govt.nz/advice/sexual-assault