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Dr Claire Ferguson, QUT lecturer
Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, QUT
Angela Lynch, Women’s legal service
Hetty Johnston, Bravehearts
Bill Potts, Qld Law Society

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Criminologists in Australia have warned that the family court system is exposing children to abuse. New research reveals that allegations of child sexual abuse raised during divorce or domestic violence cases are often not treated seriously enough.

Katherine Gregory reported this story on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CJRC Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz on Big Ideas domestic violence forum

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CJRC Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, coordinator of QUT’s Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence

will speak at Domestic Violence – Unheard Voices
presented by Caxton Legal Centre and QUT Law Faculty
Part of our Justice in Focus Series.
Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (AEST) Register here
Banco Court, QEII Courts of Law Complex – 415 George Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000 – View Map

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Recently published: Domestic Violence on #qanda: The ‘‘Man’’ Question in Live Twitter Discussion on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A

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Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law and Professor Jean Burgess, Director of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre and Professor of Digital Media in the Creative Industries Faculty recently published: Domestic Violence on #qanda: The ‘‘Man’’ Question in Live Twitter Discussion on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A in volume 28.1 of The Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.

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In the News: Dr Kelly Richards Discussing Alternatives to Youth Detention

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Dr Kelly Richards from the Crime and Justice Research Centre has recently been featured in an ABC News report discussing Youth Detention in Tasmania. Dr Richards explains that youth detention is incredibly ineffective in rehabilitating young offenders and reducing their rates of recidivism. Instead, she argues that community-based rehabilitative programs are a more effective alternative as they repair the harm caused by the offender to the victim/s and community.

To view the report, click here (report featured at 19:28mins)

 

Supporting Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence Event: Materials Now Available Online

The Crime and Justice Research Centre event Supporting Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence: Challenges and Recommendations for Justice Responses was held Tuesday 21 April 2015 at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane and was co-sponsored by the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research at Central Queensland University.

Video recordings of the presentations and other resources from the event are now available online.  

Click here to access the materials. Read more

Upcoming Event – “Beyond the Monster Myth: Sexual Violence and Relationships Forum”

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Beyond the monster myth: sexual violence and relationships forum 
Wednesday 14 October 2015
From 3pm
Premier’s Hall, Parliamentary Annexe
Parliament House, George Street, Brisbane 
Tickets $30
To register, click here. 

 

Public discussions and attitudes towards sexual violence are often centred around the idea that women are most vulnerable to violent strangers outside the home – what Tom Meagher, who lost his wife Jill to such an attack, refers to as ‘the monster myth’:

“Bayley feeds into a commonly held social myth that most men who commit rape are like him, violent strangers who stalk their victims and strike at the opportune moment. It gives a disproportionate focus to the rarest of rapes, ignoring the catalogue of non-consensual sex happening on a daily basis everywhere on the planet.” 

In Australia, 17% of women have been sexually assaulted. Almost 90% of them knew their attacker – a partner, a relative, a friend, or an ex. Not a stranger, or an unknown ‘monster’, but someone close to them.  Read more

In the News: QUT’s Dr Erin O’Brien Discussing Human Trafficking on ABC Radio

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Yesterday was “World Day Against Trafficking in Persons” – a UN initiative aiming to raise global awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights. This form of modern day slavery is a serious issue affecting millions of people in different countries around the world, including Australia.

Dr Erin O’Brien from QUT’s School of Justice is an expert on human trafficking and has done extensive research in this area. She spoke to Kelly Higgins-Devine on ABC Radio yesterday to offer some insight about the victims, perpetrators and processes involved in human trafficking. Click here to listen to the full interview.

Recently Published: “Human rights, policing and LGBT young people”

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QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre criminologist Dr Angela Dwyer recently published an article on her research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people and their experiences of policing in Queensland, Australia. The article, ‘Teaching young queers a lesson: how police teach lessons about non-heteronormativity in public spaces’, examines the difficulties these young people can experience when they are interacting with police officers in public spaces.

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