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Submissions now open for the Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour whether it is physical, verbal or written. It is against the law but it happens in too many workplaces, including our courts. The Commission is supporting a new independent Review, as a research partner, to address sexual harassment in Victoria’s courts.

23 September 2020

The independent Review, led by Dr Helen Szoke AO, has been established by the Victorian Government and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. It will address how our courts can better support people who experience sexual harassment, increase reporting and accountability in these workplaces, and prevent future occurrences.

Find out more about the Courts Review

Share your story

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is partnering with the Review team to provide a safe and confidential way for people to share their stories of sexual harassment in Victoria’s courts system.

If you have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment in Victorian courts the Review is keen to hear from you. While the Commission will not investigate specific complaints, stories of lived experience will help to ensure the Review’s recommendations meet the needs of individuals.

If you provide information – either in writing or over the telephone –you can be assured of your privacy and confidentiality. You may also share information anonymously.

Find out more about how to share individual experiences

You can also call the Commission’s Harassment hotline on 1300 395 726, open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, email courtsreview@veohrc.vic.gov.au or fill in our online form.

Registrations for confidential interviews close on 23 October and all individual submissions must be received by 30 October.

Sharing your experience of sexual harassment can be distressing, and it can help to have access to experienced support. If you contact the Commission to share information about your experience you will be offered information and referrals to support services.

Toward meaningful change

This Review will inform meaningful change and hold each of these workplaces accountable for making it happen. It is an important step towards making our courts a safe and respectful workplace for everybody.

Media contact

Peter Davies
Mobile: 0447 526 642
Email: peter.davies@veohrc.vic.gov.au

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