Making a police report
Reporting to the University and reporting to the Police are two separate processes. If you report to the Police you can still report to the University.
You can report sexually harmful behaviours—including stalking, sexual assault or sexual harassment, and family violence—to the Police.
You can also contact the Police for information and advice about what your options are and how to get help. You don’t necessarily need to proceed with making a formal complaint—this is your decision. The Police can provide you information to help you make decisions and understand your options.
If you would like to access the support of an independent specialist to assist you through the Police reporting process, please contact HELP who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you would like to access support from the University to assist you in contacting Police you can contact the Student Interest and Conflict Resolution team who are available during business hours.
If you have been sexually assaulted and it just happened then:
- If you are able to, get to a place where you will be safe
- Dial 111 and ask for Police
- Do not shower or bathe as that may destroy forensic evidence
- Try to avoid going to the toilet as that may also destroy forensic evidence
- Do not wash or throw away the clothing you were wearing during the assault as you may also destroy forensic evidence
- Do not tidy up or move things in the place where the sexual assault occurred.
If it happened a while ago:
- You can still report a rape or sexual assault if it happened to you days, weeks, months, or even years ago
- Contact the New Zealand Police directly by either phoning or visiting your nearest police station.
- Contact HELP for advice and support about the reporting process.
- If you are now residing overseas and are considering laying a complaint in regards to offending that occurred in New Zealand, then please contact the Sexual Violence Team at Police National Headquarters at ASA@Police.govt.nz for advice.
If you would like to access the support of an independent specialist to assist you through the Police reporting process please contact HELP.
More information about making a police report can be found on the New Zealand Police website.