New Publication – Understanding Romance Fraud: Insights from Domestic Violence Literature

 Cassandra Cross, Molly Dragiewicz and Kelly Richards have recently had an article published in the British Journal of Criminology. The article is the first to examine romance fraud from within the framework of psychological abuse, as established in domestic violence research.


Romance fraud affects thousands of victims globally, yet few scholars have studied it. The dynamics of relationships between victims and offenders are not well understood, and the effects are rarely discussed. This article adapts the concept of psychological abuse from studies of domestic violence to better understand romance fraud. Using interviews with 21 Australian romance fraud victims, we show how offenders use non-violent tactics to ensure compliance with ongoing demands for money. This article identifies similarities and differences between domestic violence and romance fraud. We argue that thinking through domestic violence and romance fraud together offers potential benefits to both bodies of research.

 The full article can be found here



“Tainted Love”: A symposium exploring the reality of romance fraud – Video Recording Available Online Now!

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Earlier this year, the Crime and Justice Research Centre hosted symposium exploring the realities of romance fraud. The event featured a number of guest speakers, including romance scam victim Sharon Armstrong who shared her story and experience. The event was recorded and is now available for viewing online.  Read more

Upcoming Event — “Tainted love”: A symposium exploring the reality of romance fraud

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“Tainted love”: A symposium exploring the reality of romance fraud

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reported that $8 million was lost to romance fraud by Australians in 2014, making it the highest category of financial loss across all fraud types. Given the known low levels of reporting for this crime type, this figure is unlikely to represent the true extent of harm incurred by romance fraud.

Despite the magnitude of these losses, romance fraud remains somewhat of a hidden problem in society. Many victims are unable to disclose their situation to those around them, for a variety of reasons including the associated shame and stigma of this crime type.

Join with us for this important symposium, hosted by the Crime and Justice Research Centre, QUT, which seeks to explore issues surrounding the prevention and support of romance fraud victims.

  • Date: Tuesday 31 May 2016
  • Time: 9am-1pm (morning tea provided)
  • Venue: Owen J Wordsworth Room, Level 12, S block, Gardens Point Campus, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George St, Brisbane, QLD, 4000

To register for this event, click here.

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