This study analysed 850 rapes reported to Victoria Police for three years, from 2000 to 2003, using the Victoria Police Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) database.
Office of Women's Policy, Victorian Government
It examined rape investigations and the factors that appeared to influence the outcomes, especially where the complaint was withdrawn or the investigation did not proceed. The study was undertaken to address some of the gaps in knowledge identified by the Victorian Law Reform Commission in its Final Report on Sexual Offences Law and Procedures, released in June 2004. The findings provide Victoria Police a strong evidence base in relation to the case characteristics and case outcomes which will be considered in improvements it is making to its response to victims of sexual assault.
RMIT researchers: Suellen Murray