Telling Police. Te kōrero ki ngā Pirihimana.

It’s your choice whether you tell Police what happened to you. You can report sexual violence to Police if it happened to you days, weeks, or even years ago. If you're not sure about making a formal complaint, you can talk to them about that, too.

If you do tell Police, here's an overview of what to expect.

I have recently done a video statement with the police. Even though it happened a long time ago, I feel it's never too late to do something about it.

I've been harmed recently

Telling police

Preliminary interview

Medical examination

The formal interview

Investigating what happened to you

Your rights, feedback and complaints

Making an arrest and laying charges

MYTH: But my partner can't rape me...

FACT: Sexual violence can happen within relationships. The offender doesn't have to be a stranger, it's actually common for the victim-survivor to know the offender in some way.

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