Sexual assault

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Rape
NARROWER TERMS


Report

A life course approach to determining the prevalence and impact of sexual violence in Australia

The scale of sexual violence against women and children has likely been underestimated. Until now, research has not extensively examined the prevalence of sexual violence in Australia. This study examined the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), which has captured sexual violence data –...
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Family, domestic and sexual violence: national data landscape 2022

This report summarises the national evidence base for monitoring family, domestic and sexual violence (FDSV) in Australia, highlighting enhancements made over the life of the 'National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022'. The report also describes how the evidence base can...
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National sexual violence responses

This report brings together data from a range of sources to build a better understanding of sexual violence responses. It looks at where people seek support, and the patterns in service use. It also discusses data gaps, highlights opportunities for data improvements and complements the...
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Adverse childhood experiences among youth who offend

Results of this study confirm the high rates of co-occurring adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the developmental histories of male youth who encounter the youth justice system in Australia, especially among those who have perpetrated sexual harm.
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'Enough is enough': sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry

This inquiry was triggered following a series of public reports of sexual assault and harassment in Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) workplaces. At a time when the prevalence of sexual harassment across industries and sectors was becoming increasingly apparent, the committee decided to look at the particulars...
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Exploring the onset, duration and temporal ordering of adverse childhood experiences in young people adjudicated for sexual offences: a longitudinal qualitative study

This study presents a sequential analysis of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) over time, and introduces a data visualisation tool to examine the onset, duration and temporal ordering of those adversities experienced throughout one’s childhood and adolescence.
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Report on the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault among university students in 2021

The National Student Safety Survey was conducted as part of the 'Respect. Now. Always. Initiative.' The aim of the survey was to measure the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment experiences among university students.
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The effectiveness of crisis and post-crisis responses for victims and survivors of sexual violence: an overview of findings from reviews

The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the state of the evidence from existing systematic reviews, in relation to the effectiveness of crisis and post-crisis interventions for victims and survivors of sexual violence.
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Listen. Take action to prevent, believe and heal

This review report calls on the ACT Government to commit to a wide-ranging, long-term strategy aimed at preventing sexual violence.
Strategy

Te Aorerekura: The national strategy to eliminate family violence and sexual violence

The purpose of this document is to set out a framework to eliminate family violence and sexual violence, to drive government action in a unified way and harness public support and community action.
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Improving the justice system response to sexual offences: report

This report is the result of a major inquiry held over 18 months, involving 99 consultations, and attracting 71 submissions. The report contains 91 recommendations to improve the way the justice system in Victoria responds to sexual offences.
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Monitoring perpetrator interventions in Australia

This report brings together information from a range of sources to show how perpetrator interventions are being monitored in Australia. The report also highlights where key data gaps remain, and the work being done to build the evidence base.
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"Chuck her on a lie detector"

This study uses a mixed-methods design to take a deep dive into attitudes that mistrust women’s reports of sexual assault, involving online focus groups with 40 men and 35 women. The findings reflect the participants’ responses to questions about hypothetical sexual assault scenarios, as well...
Briefing paper

Safety and violence: a Youth19 brief

This brief explores student feelings of safety and experiences of physical and sexual violence between 2001 and 2019.
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Community-led culture-centered prevention of family violence and sexual violence

This report presents findings from research into the primary prevention needs of diverse communities to address family violence and sexual violence (FVSV).
Literature review

Experiences of the family violence system in Aotearoa: an overview of research 2010 – early 2020

This document provides an overview of what is currently known about people’s and service providers’ experiences of the family violence system in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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What works? Exploring the literature on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing programs that respond to family violence

This research project is mapping and analysing 'what works' in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing programs across the nation that respond to domestic and family violence and sexual assault. This review report includes an overview of the family violence, trauma and healing literature before...
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Sentencing sex offences in Victoria: an analysis of three sentencing reforms

This report examines sentencing outcomes for six contact sex offence types sentenced in Victoria between 2010 and 2019. It considers whether sentencing practices changed for those six offences in the 10-year period and if so, whether legislative and judicial reforms influenced the changes.
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Healthy relationships and consent: through the lens of Rainbow identifying youth

The report explores the needs of the New Zealand Rainbow community in relation to intimate partner sexual violence.
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Experiences of coercive control among Australian women

Awareness of coercive control within the context of abusive intimate relationships is greater than ever before in Australia. This study examines the characteristics of violence and abuse reported by 1,023 Australian women who had recently experienced coercive control by their current or former partner.