OC Spray Legal Info
If you are affected by OC spray* or assaulted by police at a protest in Victoria
- Take a photo of your injuries, or ask someone to, as soon as possible.
- See a doctor to have your injuries documented and treated.
- When you are safe, write down everything you can recall. Even a few short lines about what happened will be useful—e.g. what was happening before the spray, describe the police and list their ID numbers if you have them, and contact details of any witnesses. Keep this information safe so you can provide it to a lawyer later.
You could also:
- Make a complaint to IBAC [ibac.vic.gov.au/report] or the Victoria Police using this complaints service; or directly to Victoria Police Professional Standards Unit [police.vic.gov.au/complaints].
- Seek damages in a civil case (you have 3 years from the date of the incident to do this)
- Tell your story in the media.
- Contact MALS securely and let them know what happened. You can do this anonymously if you wish.
- Reports help MALS track the misuse of force/OC spray. mals.au/contact
- Talk as a group if others were sprayed or assaulted. Support each other
- You could approach a lawyer together.
- Your activist group should support you as well
Note: Legal information for Victoria only, October 2023.
*Pepper spray, oleoresin capsicum spray, OC spray
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