Recently published: Interventions, Policies, and Future Research Directions in Partner Violence

Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz recently published  Interventions, Policies, and Future Research Directions in Partner Violence in The Wiley Handbook on the Psychology of Violence.

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

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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

CJRC staff headed to European Society of Criminology meetings

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Researchers from the Crime and Justice Research Centre are headed to the European Society of Criminology Conference in Porto, Portugal 2-5 September, 2015. They will present a range of individual and collaborative work.

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ECARD Applications Close in Less Than ONE WEEK!

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Seeking an academic position with QUT? The ECARD program is the perfect launchpad for your academic career.The Faculty of Law has four current vacancies:

  • One in the School of Justice in the areas of Criminology & Policing;
  • Three in the School of Law in the areas of Intellectual Property & Innovation Law; Indigenous Legal Issues; and Ethics, Professional Responsibility & Civil Procedure and/or Evidence. 

Applications close 29th June 2015.

For more information regarding these positions, please refer to the QUT Jobs website. 

Recently published: “Human Rights, Policing and LGBT Young People”

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QUT’s Crime and Justice Research Centre criminologists Dr Kelly Richards and Dr Ange Dwyer recently published their work in a special issue of the Australian Journal of Human Rights on ‘Policing and Human Rights’. Drawing on their combined expertise in the areas of youth justice, policing, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people, the article, ‘Unspeakably present: The (un)acknowledgment of diverse sexuality and gender human rights in Australian youth justice systems’, urges that the human rights of LGBT young people in contact with the justice system be kept on the agenda.

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In the news: Supporting Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence

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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. Supporting Survivors was co-sponsored by the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research at Central Queensland University.

The event was covered by Brisbane Times, APN and ABC radio and stories about the presentations ran in 56 regional newspapers throughout Australia. 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.

Police not prepared for death investigations

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New research from Professor Belinda Carpenter

Police are ill-equipped to investigate non-criminal deaths and face a challenge to avoid re-traumatising bereaved families as well as emotionally protecting themselves, according to QUT research.
Investigating death: the emotional and cultural challenges for police found it was usually junior officers sent to sudden death investigations and tasked with not only gathering evidence, but also comforting family members and explaining the coronial process.
The research has been published in Policing and Society.

“The vast majority of deaths are neither suspicious nor violent. For example, of the 28,563 recorded deaths in Queensland in 2011/12, 4,461 were reported to the coroner,” lead researcher Professor Belinda Carpenter, from QUT’s School of Justice, said.

read the full story here

Women’s only police stations to combat violence against women

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by Professor Kerry Carrington 

On International Women’s Day 8 March 2015 it is timely to reflect on Australia’s progress on addressing violence against women. The data shows persistent increases in the incidence of domestic violence  –  although this could mean an increase in reporting, rather than an increase in violence. A variety of measures reveal that domestic violence is a chronic problem accounting for 44% of homicides in Qld from 2006 to 2012.

The recently released Qld Taskforce report Not Now Not Ever made 140 recommendations designed to combat the persistent problem of domestic and family violence. While there are many worthwhile suggestions here, one obvious one has been overlooked – women’s only police stations.

Brazil was the first country to establish women’s only police stations in 1985 and now has 485. Since then, women’s only police stations have spread across Latin America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uruguay. These are specialist police stations that deal exclusively with female victims of sexual and domestic violence. Female police officers are specially trained in how to sensitively address women’s experience of violence. Evaluations have found they enhance women’s willingness to report, increase the likelihood of conviction and enlarge access to a range of other services such as counselling, contraception, legal, financial and social support. Women’s only police are being introduced in other parts of the world, including India, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda. Given their effectiveness, United Nations Women is encouraging other countries to consider the success of women’s only police stations. Perhaps it’s time Queensland, indeed Australia, looked to these examples from unlikely parts of the globe.

Why have Latin American women’s groups been so effective? I believe the key to their success has been the high participation rate of women in politics and their ability to work together through Los Encuentros. These are annual meetings that bring together a diverse array of women’s and feminist agencies and organistions with the aim of enhancing women’s  justice and equality. Women have met every year for the last 22 years, more formally as Encuentro Feministas since 2001, to plan how they can tackle the problems women face across the vast South American continent.  Collectively they have lobbied for the governments of South America to introduce women only police stations and other measures that assist the victims of domestic violence.

Latin America women’s participation in the political sphere is among the highest in the world, at 38% of MPs. This is higher than women’s participation in politics in the United States and Australia. Women in Australia have a long way to go to in terms of political representation.

Women in politics and public life are subject to systemic ridicule and belittling – the most recent being the unwarranted attacks on Gillian Triggs, the President of the Human Rights Commission. Who could forget the ‘ditch the witch’ campaign and unrelenting hammering of Julia Gillard, Australia’s first Prime Minister, and her brilliant heartfelt speech about sexism and mysogny that went viral.There are only two female Ministers in the LNP coalition Australian cabinet.

The new Qld Labor Government led by Annastacia Palaszczuk has a female deputy (Jackie Tradd) and more female ministers (8) than male (6) and an Indigenous woman, Leeanne Enoch, as minister for housing and public works. This historic cabinet is a fine first for Australia and provides hope that things just might be improving for women in politics. It is cause for celebration on International Women’s Day 2015. Let’s hope this historic cabinet look outwards and sidewards to Latin America for examples of innovative ways to address violence against women.

Professor Kerry Carrington is Head of the School of Justice, Faculty of Law QUT and author of Feminism and Global Justice, Routledge, (2015).