About anonymous reporting
Anonymous reporting works a little bit like CrimeStoppers – it allows you to pass on information about someone to the police without having to report the crime or go to court. Your Survive support worker can help you make an informed decision about whether or not to make an anonymous report and explain how to go about it.
How does anonymous reporting work?
You meet with a named member of Police staff, not a Police Officer.
This meeting can take place at the Survive office with or without your Survive support worker - depending on your preference. You can also bring someone else to support you during the appointment and/or bring along any written notes/diary to read from.
The appointment is flexible depending on how much you need to say but is usually between 1 and 2 hours.
The Police staff member will:
introduce themselves and talk about the process, expectations and confidentiality;
ask you to explain in your own words what happened as objectively as you can;
let you talk and from what you tell them, will draft notes based on what you tell them;
ask you to read the notes and confirm they reflect what you told them.
The Police staff member will not ask you invasive questions.
Any personal identifying information is kept securely at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).
What happens to the notes?
The notes are given a unique reference number (so that you remain anonymous).
The Police staff member will then record information that you have shared with them as intelligence.
Will there be an investigation?
Anonymous reporting will not trigger an investigation. The Police staff member will only contact you to inform you of other allegations of a similar nature found against the person on the PND or if someone else comes forward and makes similar allegations in the future. As mentioned, even in these circumstances, you will still have the choice to remain anonymous.