Martine Powell


An evaluation of how evidence is elicited from complainants of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is difficult to prosecute and has one of the highest attrition rates of all criminal offences. Part of the difficulty in prosecuting these cases is that offending is often hidden from public view, leaving only the complainants’ evidence to establish the defendants’...

Youth (in)justice: oral language competence in early life and risk for engagement in antisocial behaviour in adolescence

This paper presents evidence from Australia and overseas that demonstrates that high proportions of young offenders have a clinically significant, but previously undetected, oral language disorder. Youth offenders are complex and challenging for policymakers and practitioners alike and face high risks for long-term disadvantage and...