Report on sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Victoria Police released

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released a report entitled Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour in Victoria Police.

The Report identified a high prevalence and tolerance of sexual harassment within Victoria Police, along with substantial evidence of a sexist organisational climate where women are overwhelmingly the targets.

The Review has also revealed how the impact of sex discrimination and harassment has resulted in isolation and exclusion within the workplace for many members. It also identifies economic loss and reduced opportunities for professional development and advancement for many women members and for a smaller number of male officers, particularly those who identify as homosexual.

The Review makes 20 recommendations aimed at changing the system and culture within Victoria Police. The Commission will audit the implementation of the recommendations by Victoria Police in 18 months and again in 2018 with a further independent progress report at that time.

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