Recently Published: “The ACA effect: Examining how current affairs programs shape victim understandings and responses to online fraud”

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Dr Cassandra Cross and Dr Kelly Richards, both researchers in the Crime and Justice Research Centre, recently published an article in a special issue of Current Issues In Criminal Justice, guest edited by Dr Alyce McGovern of the University of New South Wales. The special edition, which focused on crime, media and new technologies, features a number of established and emerging scholars from Australia and abroad. Read more

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

How to tackle cyber crime before people even know they’re a victim

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By Dr Cassandra Cross

An estimated A$75,000 is lost by Australians everyday to online fraud, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Given that this is based on reported crime, the real figure is likely to be much higher. It is well known that fraud, particularly online fraud, has a very low reporting rate. This also doesn’t even begin to encompass non-financial costs to victims. The real cost is likely to be much, much higher.

There are many challenges to policing this type of crime, and victims who send money to overseas jurisdictions make it even harder, as does the likelihood of offenders creating false identities or simply stealing legitimate ones.

But despite these challenges police have started to do something to prevent the impact and losses of online fraud.

Read the full article in The Conversation here.