People of Diverse Sexuality and/or Gender
The WA Police Force support and promote the reporting of crime committed against people who identify with the diverse sexuality and/or gender (DSG) community.
Although not formally recognised under the Criminal Investigation Act 2006, the WA Police Force understand that hate based crime against people who identify as DSG may significantly impact upon the victim, the victim’s family or social network as well as the community as a whole.
The WA Police Force meet with key community groups and venues that provide services to people who identify as DSG. The purpose of the meetings is to increase engagement between police and these groups as well as inform and advise one another on issues related to policing and justice which can then be shared with the DSG community.
Fear of reporting a crime
The WA Police Force acknowledge barriers that may impact upon some members of the DSG community and their ability to engage with police. These barriers may include:
- Fear of being ‘outed’ at all levels of engagement with the criminal justice system
- Fear of sexual and/or gender identification being used against them by police
- Fear of discrimination due to sexuality and/or gender diversity
- Fear of persecution due to sexuality and/or gender diversity
- Lack of confidence in the justice system
This has resulted in a significant reluctance by people from DSG groups to report crimes perpetrated against them.
Within the Community Engagement Division, the Aboriginal and Community Diversity Unit has a number of roles that contribute to the corporate knowledge base on police and community diversity issues, by providing representation on across-Government committees and focuses on legislative and policy obligations. This enables the WA Police Force to support community engagement activities in order to improve service delivery to meet the increasing demands of our diverse community.
WA Police Force Headquarters
2 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 6004
Phone: (08) 9222 1618
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