Chapter 12
The case for a government body


12.32This chapter has recommended establishing a commission on sexual violence, to implement the key areas of reform that have been identified in this Report as necessary to ensure the sexual violence sector is better able to assist victims to meet both their support and service needs and their justice needs, which we believe are inter-related.

12.33We argue that government must respond strongly to the issue of sexual violence including assuming a governance role to work closely with those already providing frontline assistance to victims. A commission is the ideal mechanism for government and the sexual violence response sector to robustly engage with one another.

12.34There is significant potential to develop the commission beyond the concept as outlined here, and for the commission to become a globally-recognised model for how governments can engage with and help victims of sexual violence. The core objective, however, remains that of better meeting victims’ justice needs.