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

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


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)


Young people working for peace

young leaders at UN

Dr. Helen Berents, lecturer in the School of Justice, recently published

Not just victims or threats: Young people win recognition as workers for peace

in The Conversation with her colleague from RMIT.

The article discusses the UN Security Council’s adoption of Resolution 2250 on “youth, peace and security.” Berents and Pruitt argue that the resolution changes the way the UN deals with young people by recognising their agency and work in conflict and post conflict contexts.

Read the full article here.

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

New Book — “Juvenile Justice: Youth and Crime in Australia (5th Ed)”       Juvenile Justice : Youth and Crime in Australia - Chris Cunneen

QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre criminologist Dr Kelly Richards has released a new book with Oxford University Press, with co-authors Professors Chris Cunneen (UNSW) and Rob White (UTas). The book, Juvenile Justice: Youth and Crime in Australia, Fifth edition explores young people and crime in Australia, and provides an overview of the institutions and agencies associated with the administration of youth justice in Australia’s jurisdictions. Following detailed outlines of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of youth crime and responses to it, the book explores in-depth a range of topical youth justice issues, including: Indigenous young people’s contact with the criminal justice system; young women and crime; ethnic minority young people’s criminality; and the intersections of class, youth and crime. Responses to youth offending, such as policing measures, detention and restorative justice conferencing, are also discussed. Read more

Recently Published: Children, violence, and social exclusion: negotiation of everyday insecurity in a Colombian barrio


photo: Helen Berents

Dr Helen Berents recently published the article Children, violence, and social exclusion: negotiation of everyday insecurity in a Colombian barrio in Critical Studies on Security.

Discourses on in/security are often concerned with structures and meta-narratives of the state and other institutions; however, such attention misses the complexities of the everyday consequences of insecurity. In Colombia’s protracted conflict, children are disproportionately affected yet rarely consulted, rendering it difficult to account for their experiences in meaningful ways. This article draws on fieldwork conducted with conflict-affected children in an informal barrio community on the periphery of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, to explore how children articulate experiences of insecurity. It examines how stereotypes of violence and delinquency reinforce insecurity; how multiple violences impact young people’s lives; and how children themselves conceive of responses to these negative experiences. These discussions are underpinned by a feminist commitment of attention to the margins and engage with those for whom insecurity is a daily phenomenon. The effects of deeply embedded insecurity, violence, and fear for young people in Colombia require a more nuanced theoretical engagement with notions of insecurity, as well as the complexities of connections and dissonances within everyday life.

The article is part of the Special Issue on Children, childhoods, and security studies.