This report details the experience of victims as they progress through the justice system and identifies the opportunities to significantly improve the information and support provided to people as their cases proceed.
This paper examines sentencing and treatment practices for juvenile sex offenders in Australia and the challenges of reconciling the imperatives of rehabilitation, accountability and community protection.
The Serious Offenders Bill 2018 was introduced to the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 8 May 2018. It seeks to establish a civil, protective scheme under which offenders who have served custodial sentences for certain serious sexual and/or violent offences, and who present an unacceptable risk...
This paper reviews the latest empirical evidence from Australia and overseas regarding the effectiveness of public and non-public sex offender registries. Results show that while public sex offender registries may have a small general deterrent effect on first time offenders, they do not reduce recidivism....
This paper presents a review of available literature on problem sexual behaviours (PSBs) and sexually abusive behaviours (SABs) exhibited in Australian children and young people.
The Australian Government has released this discussion paper for consultation on the prohibition of the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.
Aim: To investigate whether completing the Custody-based Intensive Treatment (CUBIT) program for moderate to high risk/needs sex offenders reduces re-offending.
Method: The study sample includes 386 male offenders identified by custodial staff as suitable for participation in CUBIT who were released from...
This study investigates child sexual abuse committed by adult males in youth-oriented institutions.
There is significant interest in the issue of child sexual abuse committed in institutional settings. This study uses information collected from a sample of 23 convicted Canadian sex...
This paper aims to identify and analyse several predominant issues and discourses as they relate to the burgeoning interrelationship between social media, crime and victim.
In this paper we analyse the kidnapping, rape and murder of Jill Meagher as a case...
This review assessed accounts of abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy, and recommends a Royal Commission.
The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (Taskforce) was established on 26 november 2012 as part of the Government’s response to the review conducted by law...
This report recommends that the Australian Government extend the activities of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce to support victims of abuse in Defence, including allowing new complainants to make claims up to 30 June 2015.
On 27 March 2014, the Senate...
Provides an overview of research on the prevalence of domestic, family and sexual violence, at risk groups and the costs of violence against women to communities and to the economy.
In 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the first systematic...
This paper provides an overview of the most significant public policy initiatives that apply to known sexual offenders who live in the community.
This report examines static and dynamic risk factors in an Australian sample of parental child sex offenders and the predictive strength of those factors regarding reoffending with or without a treatment intervention.
Public policy initiatives to manage parental child sexual offending...
Abstract: The report provides an overview of the socio-political factors and events that have influenced the development of Australia’s child sexual abuse legislation from 1788-2013.
Key developments in relevant legislation during this period which are discussed in detail in the report include:...
The number of people voluntarily referring themselves for therapy to try to prevent them from sexually abusing children is rising.
But there are fears some people who pose a risk to children, and have asked for help, may have to be turned away because...
People who have been sexually abused as children are two to three times more likely to be sexually revictimised in adolescence and/or adulthood. This paper explores the complex array of variables related to sexual revictimisation.
There is a complex array of...
Sex offender registration and community notification schemes form an increasingly important part of public policy relevant to the management of known sex offenders in the community. Critics of these policies not only point to the lack of empirical evidence that is currently available to support...
Abstract: Reforms have been underway over the last three decades to address the disadvantages that victim/survivors of sexual assault face within the criminal justice system in Australia. Such reforms include expansion of advocate services, specialisation of police, alternative provisions for giving evidence at trial,...