Internal Reporting

Everything I had held in shame, I shared in hope for justice.”

– Karen Iles (lawyer and victim advocate)

Police officers are people capable of violence, just like any other member of the public. In fact, police are at least as likely to perpetrate domestic violence as the general community (Larsen and Guggisberg, 2009). But if domestic violence is under-reported, abuse by police officers is near invisible. 

While senior officers claim to hold members of the police force to high standards, behind closed doors, fellow offers can treat “badged abusers” differently to offenders in the broader community. They may fail to take action against their colleagues, which fuels a culture of impunity in police forces and leaves victims at risk. 

As such, some states offer unique internal reporting processes to hold officers who commit violence to account. 

We are working with a victim in Victoria, who progressed through the internal reporting process to hold her perpetrator, a police officer, to account. We are also working with a victim in Tasmania, who, in trying to report her police officer perpetrator, initiated the development of Tasmania’s internal reporting process. 

The process of turning lived experience into guidance for others, and ensuring that we fill gaps between theory and what occurs in practice, takes time. Please bear with us!

With us you can report perpetrators within the police force

With You We Can hold all types of perpetrators to account