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Report on abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy

This review assessed accounts of abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy, and recommends a Royal Commission. Summary 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 firm DLA piper...

Processes to support victims of abuse in Defence

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. Introduction On 27 March 2014, the Senate referred an inquiry...

Domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia: an overview of the issues

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. Introduction In 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the first systematic international review on...

Parental sexual offending: managing risk through diversion

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. Forward Public policy initiatives to manage parental child sexual offending have been hindered...

Historical review of sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 1788–2013

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 decriminalisation of...

Trying therapy to stop sex abuse

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 there's...

Sexual revictimisation: individual, interpersonal and contextual factors

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. Abstract There is a complex array of variables related to...

The exception that proves the rule: female sex offending and the gendered nature of sexual violence

This paper explores statistics about the prevalence of female sex offending and outlines the impacts on victims of sex offences by women, as well as issues related to disclosing the abuse. Introduction National and international victimisation data demonstrate that intimate forms of violence, such as...

Victim/survivor-focused justice responses and reforms to criminal court practice: implementation, current practice and future directions

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, and...

Conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence: an introductory overview to support prevention and response efforts

With a focus on improving understanding, this paper is intended to support efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict zones. Executive summary: Sexual violence—often examined under the umbrella term ‘sexual and gender-based violence’—is widespread in conflict and post-conflict environments. It has been...