Karen Freeman

Briefing paper

Domestic and family violence by juvenile offenders: offender, victim and incident characteristics

This study of domestic violence perpetrated by juveniles has found that in the majority of cases the victim is a family member, typically the parent of the offender.

Is domestic violence in NSW decreasing?

Both crime victim survey data and recorded crime data suggest that the victimisation rate for domestic and family violence has declined in NSW over the time period examined.

Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis, in a New South Wales Rural Area

This study examined the prevalence of driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC), and DUIC and alcohol together, in an area of Australia with a high number of young cannabis users. The prevalence of DUIC alone, and in combination with alcohol, appears to be low...

Have New South Wales criminal courts become more lenient in the past 20 years?

Aim: To investigate whether the NSW Higher and Local Courts have become more lenient across a range of offence categories. Method: Examination of trends from 1994 to 2013 in bail outcomes, the use of imprisonment as a sanction for convicted offenders, and average length of...

Young but not so restless: trends in the age-specific rate of offending

Aim: To describe and discuss trends in age-specific rates of offending for property crime, robbery and serious assault. Method: Descriptive statistics and graphical displays. Results: The number of people apprehended by police for property crime and robbery has fallen sharply since around 2001 and is...