15 February 2016
Sydney Institute of Criminology
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Report reveals link between domestic violence and homelessness
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Recent Publications
Youth Justice Annual Statistics 2014 - 15, England and Wales
This publication looks at the English and Welsh Youth Justice System (YJS) in the year ending March 2015 in terms of the number of young people in the system, their offences, outcomes and the trends over time.

The overall number of young people in the YJS continued to reduce in the year ending March 2015. Reductions have been seen in the number entering the system for the first time, as well as reductions in those receiving disposals, including those receiving custodial sentences.

Compared to the year ending March 2010, there are now 67% fewer young people who were first time entrants, 65% fewer young people who received a youth caution or court disposal and 57% fewer young people (under 18) in custody in the youth secure estate.

The reoffending rate has increased (by 5.6 percentage points since the year ending March 2008, to 38.0% in the year ending March 2014), but there were significant falls in the number of young people in the cohort, the number of reoffenders and the number of reoffences.

Read the full report here.

Drug Use Monitoring in Australia: An expansion into the Pilbara

Dr Natalie Gately, Suzanne Ellis and Dr Robyn Morris

The link between the use of alcohol, other drugs and crime continues to be a concern in communities throughout Australia. In regional Western Australia, little is known about the patterns of substance use and crime. In an attempt to better understand a regional offending population and their alcohol and drug use, the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) project was utilised to collect such data in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

In South Hedland (regional Western Australia), 51 police detainees were interviewed and compared with a sample of 209 Perth (metropolitan Western Australia) detainees. The findings indicated that while illicit drug use among those interviewed in a regional setting was significantly lower across most drug types, alcohol use was higher. Of particular concern were the levels of risky drinking reported by South Hedland detainees and their assertion that alcohol contributed to their current detention. These findings are important in providing a better picture of alcohol and drug use in a regional population and will assist in shaping prevention and response strategies.

Read the full report here.

Criminalising Conversations: Australia's damaging love affair with consorting laws
Terry Goldsworthy 

This article published in The Conversation looks at the use of consorting legislation in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Goldsworthy asks, are these restrictive laws justified? And are they an efficient and effective way to combat organised crime? 

From Hate to Prejudice: Does the New Terminology of Prejudice Motivated Crime Change Perceptions and Reporting Actions?
Rebecca Wickes, Sharon Pickering, Gail Mason, Jane M Maher and Jude McCulloch 

Official definitions of hate crime are viewed as overly narrow and unnecessarily exclusive. To enable more inclusive practices, many jurisdictions have embraced alternative terminologies such as bias crime, targeted crime and prejudice motivated crime. In this article, the authors examine how police agencies in Victoria, Australia, are grappling with incidents and responses to hate crime. Drawing on the accounts of high priority victim groups, the authors illustrate how victims and victim advocates make sense of new hate crime terminologies and whether these terminologies facilitate hate crime incident reporting. Our findings speak to the importance of shared understanding and vocabularies; however, police responses to prejudice motivated crime incidents and police interactions with victims remain a significant barrier to reporting behaviour.

Read the full article here.

Call for Articles - Criminological Encounters
Criminological Encounters is a new international, interdisciplinary and open-access journal that aims to facilitate critical dialogues between scholars of criminology and our interlocutors in other social, academic, and professional domains about contemporary issues of crime, harm, in/justice, law, and society.   
While the issues of this journal focus on thematic topics, its very first issue, scheduled for publication in Spring 2016, will take its title “Criminological Encounters” as the subject of scrutiny. Authors are encouraged to submit papers that address one of the many possibilities of criminological encounters. The journal will accept both theoretical reflections and empirical contributions that are in line with, but not limited to, the following themes:
  • The dialogues between criminology and given disciplines: e.g. criminology and geography, criminology and law, criminology and political science;
  • The dialogues between criminology scholars and practitioners: e.g. criminology and law enforcement agents, criminology and policy makers;
  • The encounter between competing research methods: e.g. qualitative versus quantitative approaches in criminology;
  • The encounter between competing theories or between different schools of thought: e.g. critical versus positivistic criminology; American versus European criminology; criminology from the “Global South” and criminology from the “Global North”;
  • The essence of criminology as a standalone discipline amid its different multidisciplinary influences;
  • Criminology as the science for the studies of conflicts;
  • “Criminological encounters”: authors are invited to present other possibilities of interpretation of such encounters;
Journal editors are appealling to authors from different disciplinary backgrounds who – given their research subjects – are seeking a dialogue with criminology. These encounters between different intellectual school of thoughts and competing paradigms set the stage for intra- or interdisciplinary dialogues about an array of topics. And it is exactly these conversations that we set out to present in this journal.

Submissions in English of a minimum of 6,000 and a  maximum of 9,000 words (notes and bibliographic references included) should be sent before May 22nd, 2016 through the online submission link. All articles will pass a double blind review process and authors can expect feedback on their submission within 3 months. The journal will not charge any submission fee.

For more information about the journal, please visit the Criminological Encounters website.

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Upcoming Events
Stockholm Criminology Symposium
The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention is inviting researchers, policy makers and practitioners to the Stockholm Criminology Symposium which will be held from June 14 - 16 at the City Conference Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.

The themes for the symposium this year are Parents, Peers and Prevention and Contemporary Criminology.

For more information, please visit the Stockholm Criminology Symposium website.

International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders
The International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO) Conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from September 7 - 10 2016. 

The conference will discuss the recent developments, dynamics and diversities of current worldwide research on aspects of sexual offender assessment and treatment, which are of major importance for both academia and society. It will also provide an opportunity for participants to meet and network with colleagues from around the world.

The chosen spotlight of the conference is Desistance from Sexual Offending – About Treatment and Other Effective Approaches.

For more information and to register, please visit the IATSO website.

International Conference on Cyber-Crime and Computer Forensics
The International Conference on CyberCrime and Computer Forensics (ICCCF) is being held at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver, B.C., from 12-14 June 2016.  

Keynote speakers for ICCCF 2016 include Benoit Dupont, Scientific Director of Smart Security Network, from the University of Montreal; Thomas Holt, an internationally recognized computer hacking and malware researcher from the University of Michigan; Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom; and Gary Perkins, the Executive Director and Chief Information Security Officer for the Information Security Branch of the B.C. Government.

For more information, please visit the ICCCF website.

Working with Domestic Violence Offenders Course
The Sydney Institute of Criminology and the Centre for Continuing Education are pleased to announce the Working with Domestic Violence Offenders Course, which will be held on Friday 27 May 2016 from 9 am - 5 pm.

The training is designed to provide participants with the appropriate skills and knowledge to work effectively with domestic violence offenders and effect behavioural change and manage personal development in the field. 

This criminology course will assist you to: 
  • work within a domestic violence framework.
  • promote confidence with clients affected by domestic violence.
  • identify and respond to client needs.
  • develop and maintain professional competence.
  • establish and maintain professional relationships.
  • encourage personal responsibility.
  • monitor and review progress.
For more information, please visit the Centre for Continuing Education website.

Challenging the Mental Illness-Violence Nexus
Challenging the Mental Illness-Violence Nexus will explore all aspects of the relationship between mental illness and violence, with emphasis on challenges, controversies, and complexities.  The conference will be held from 13 - 14 July 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. 

Griffith University Violence Research and Prevention Program is currently seeking abstract submissions. The deadline for abstract submissions is 19 February 2016. 

For more information about the conference, please visit the Griffith University website.

Call for Papers - Research Round Table on Drones, UNSW
The use of drones has increased exponentially. They are now a standard feature of war and are increasingly being deployed to assist with border protection and conservation work. More controversially, drones are cheap and easy to acquire. They are therefore also appealing to activists who want to obtain information about controversial activities taking place on private property. 
The workshop is broken up into three broad themes: ‘Drones and Social Change’; ‘Drones and Border Policing’; and ‘Drones and the Military’. There will also be an ‘open panel’ for anybody who would like to present, but who does to feel that their paper fits with the other themes. 

Anybody in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Education, or beyond, undertaking drone related research is invited to present. The organisers strongly encourage PhD students and people at ‘work-in-progress’ stage. The day will include a discussion about publishing opportunities and will end with an option social dinner. 

Abstracts of 200 – 400 words to be submitted to Siobhan O’Sullivan. The submission deadline is Friday 1 April 2016. 

Date: 29 April 2016 
Time: 9 am - 5 pm 
Location: Committee Room 4, Chancellery Building, UNSW Kensington. 
Registration required to Siobhan O'Sullivan
Cost: Free. 
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Job Advertisements
Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Macquarie University
The successful applicant will be expected to make a major contribution to research; develop and teach units in Criminology at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, while supervising Higher Degree Research students. The applicant will also be expected to contribute to the administration of the Department, Faculty and University. 

The appointment will be either a Lecturer (Level B) or Senior Lecturer (Level C), depending on experience and track record.
  • Salary Package: from $94,145 - $111,390 p.a. (Level B) or $114,953 - $132,196 p.a. (Level C), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment Type:  full-time, continuing. 
  • Applications close 6 March 2016. 
Selection criteria and application information is available here.

Associate Lecturer (Justice and Legal Studies), RMIT University
As Associate Lecturer you will be required to teach and conduct classes (primarily at undergraduate and graduate diploma level) in within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and assist in the academic and administrative tasks involved with these courses. Your position will involve the presentation of lectures and tutorials, assessment of students and course administration in line with the University's quality assurance requirements. In addition, you will undertake research and professional activities in line with the University's research strategy. It is expected that you work under support and guidance to develop expertise in teaching and research with a degree of autonomy. 
  • Salary range: Academic Level A $61,272-$83,110 pa plus 17% super. 
  • Appointment Type:Full time, fixed term contract until 31 Dec 2018
  • Applications close 19 February 2016.  
Selection criteria and application information is available here.

PhD Scholarship, RMIT University
RMIT invites applications for a PhD scholarship to be undertaken as part of an Australian Research Council funded project exploring citizen participation in responding to crime and/or justice activism via online networks. RMIT is seeking applications from prospective students who are interested in developing a PhD research project that engages with this broad theme. The scholarship rate is $28,849 per annum pro rata (full-time study), and applications close 31 March 2016. 

Please contact Dr Anastasia Powell and visit the RMIT Scholarships website for more information and/or to apply. 

NDIS Project Officer, Community Restorative Centre NSW
The NSW Community Restorative Centre (CRC) is a community based agency providing assistance to people affected by the criminal justice system. CRC is currently seeking a full-time NDIS Project Officer based in Newcastle, NSW. 

This is a newly created position supporting CRC to deliver high level disability services to the community and within a changing environment. As a strong NDIS Project officer you will utilise your sound knowledge and experience of business development by contributing to the expansion and implementation of a viable business model within a fee for service scheme, whilst maintaining a strong ethical framework. You will have strong stakeholder engagement skills and the proven ability to influence partnerships and processes, to meet organisational needs. Your exceptional analytical, communication and engagement skill will be pivotal to the success of this role. This position is a great opportunity for a passionate professional to join an expanding organisation.
  • Rate of pay equivalent to SACS Award Grade 6 year 2 ($40.86 per hour gross plus generous salary packaging options)
  • Appointment Type:  3 month contract, with the possibility of extension to a 6 month contract. 
  • Applications close 29 February 2016.  
Selection criteria and application information is available here. 

Youth Crime Prevention Project Officer, Bankstown City Council
Bankstown City Council operates a range of youth crime prevention programs that aim to engage young people in programs. Currently the program operates Midnight Basketball or Twilight Soccer tournaments every school term. The position of Youth Crime Prevention Project Officer coordinates the logistics, participant and volunteer involvement in each tournament as well as contributing to the operational objectives of Council’s Community Planning & Development Team.
  • Permanent Part-time (3 days – Tuesday, Thursday & Friday).
  • Gross annual salary $72,516 – $79,983 pro rata with 9.5% Superannuation. 
  • Applications close 24 February 2016.
For more information please visit the Bankstown City Council website.
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