PartnerSPEAK Symposium: The impact of online child abuse offending on families

Natalie Walker, a student in JS12, QUT’s Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence, founded PartnerSPEAK, an online peer support forum for people concerned about child exploitation material viewed by their partners or other family members. PartnerSPEAK is hosting its first symposium. Details are below. Read more

CJRC Researchers on ABC The World Today

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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

Last chance for abstracts for Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium

CJRC Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz is a member of the organising group for the Queensland Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium to be held at The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) at Central Queensland University on Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th February 2017.

The Call for abstracts ends 30 October. Read more

School of Justice Staff present at Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association conference


Head of School and Professor Kerry Carrington, Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, and Associate Lecturer Harriet Horsfall will speak on Gendered justice: What needs to change? at the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association Conference 2016. See the full program here. Read more

Dr Cassandra Cross elected to the Board of Directors for Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYCs) Queensland


At the 2015 annual general meeting for the Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (QPCYWA), QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre’s Dr Cassandra Cross was elected to the Board of Directors. Her appointment to the Board of Directors comes following an evaluation that her and fellow QUT colleagues launched only two weeks ago, examining the community safety and crime prevention outcomes of Police Citizen Youth Clubs (PCYCs) across Queensland, as well as her ongoing volunteering at Carindale PCYC since 2009. Read more

QUT School of Justice sponsors group discounts for Graduate Certificates

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We are pleased to offer a 10% discount (sponsorship) for a group rate of 10 successful applications for the:

JS12 Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence

JS23 Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance

JS29 Graduate Certificate in Intelligence

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REMINDER: QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre PhD Scholarships for 2016 Entry

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The Crime and Justice Research Centre (CJRC) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) invites applications from prospective PhD students as part of the University’s annual Scholarship Round, closing 30 September 2015 for entry in early 2016. Read more

New Domestic Violence Graduate Certificate


The School of Justice in the Faculty of Law at QUT has launched Australia’s first Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence. Students can choose to study two units a semester or take one unit at a time. Full details about the course are available here.

Read the news release here.

The four units are:
JSN204 Working with Domestic Violence
JSN203 Reducing Lethal Risk
JSN202 Children and Family Violence
JSN201 Dynamics of Domestic Violence

The course is offered online for flexible learning and is available to students across Australia. It supplements research with multimedia, discussion with other students, guest speakers, and tutorials with the lecturers.

The Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence is designed to provide an in-depth look at the latest studies to inform research, policy, and practice in the field. It is a truly interdisciplinary course, drawing from criminology, law, social work, sociology, psychology, health, and economics. The course was designed after extensive community consultation with more than 100 community organisations and stakeholders.

JSN201 Dynamics of Domestic Violence is focused on the different types of violence and abuse, including its prevalence and distribution based on Australian official data sources and studies. It investigates the contributing factors that shape abuse and its impact, including perpetrator beliefs and behaviours. This unit provides critical skills training for interpreting research and an introduction to domestic violence measurement. It also reviews relevant state and national laws as well as major reports and action plans from government.

JSN202 Children and Family Violence centres on the implications of domestic violence for children. It includes domestic violence against pregnant women, the overlap between domestic violence and child abuse, and the latest research on trauma and the impact of exposure to adult violence. It includes skills training around interviewing children. This unit reviews law and policy related to child abuse reporting, including the Hague child abduction convention. The unit looks in depth at domestic violence in context of family law, including consideration the Best Interests of the Child. It also reviews issues related to “failure to protect.”

JSN203 Reducing Lethal Risk is focused on preventing domestic violence homicide. It reviews the research on domestic violence related homicide and suicide, including risk factors for child fatalities. The unit covers risk factors like separation, stalking, and strangulation and provides skills training in assessing lethal risk and safety planning. It also looks at domestic violence fatality reviews and death investigation.

JSN204 Working with Domestic Violence Victims is all about domestic violence services. It reviews the landscape of services in Queensland and will provide practical information about referral networks. This unit also includes information about integrated response teams and other coordinated models for domestic violence response. This unit emphasises the best available tools for screening. It also looks at meeting the needs of diverse communities, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to immigrant, disabled, rural, and LGBT communities. This unit also contains a section on vicarious trauma and self-care and an individualised professional development project.

Pending final approval by the University Academic Board, the first cohort of students will begin study in February 2016.

QUT also offers an undergraduate unit JSB286 Domestic Violence