4 April 2016
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Royal Commission into Family Violence
The final report of the Victorian Government's Royal Commission into Family Violence was handed down last month. The Commission lasted 13 months, and received over 1,000 written submissions. It included 25 days of public hearings which included testimony from 220 victims.

The final report contains 227 recommendations calling for drastic change to Victoria's responses to family and domestic violence. Among the recommendations is the acknowledgment of the effects of family violence on childrenThe Age has released a summary of the key recommendations, which is available here.
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Recent Publications
Participation of Victims of Crime in New South Wales Court Processes
Dr Tyrone Kirchengast

Victims Services, Department of Justice, NSW, has published the final report on the Participation of Victims of Crime in New South Wales Court Processes
 
The report assesses the nature and extent of victim participation in court processes in NSW, examining victims' expectations and experiences. The report reviews the types of victim participation across NSW courts and tribunals, supported by a survey of victim expectations, and 19 semi-structured interviews with key justice stakeholders, including NSW Magistrates, and District and Supreme Court Judges. This research identifies ways in which victims participate in court processes, and how processes may be reformed to better meet the needs of victims in the NSW justice system. 

Background to the research and summary reports can be found on the Victims of Crime Research Fund 2012 webpage.

Updated SACStat Higher Courts: New Statistics and Appearance
The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council has released updated higher courts sentencing statistics on SACStat, the Council’s online statistical tool.

SACStat – Higher Courts now covers sentencing for the five years to 30 June 2015. It presents aggregate data for nearly 200 offences sentenced in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria.

SACStat is suitable for tablet devices, increasing its usability by legal practitioners in court or on the road, as well as by journalists, scholars, and interested community members.

Sentencing Snapshots
SACStat – Higher Courts presents comparable high-level data to the Council’s long-running Sentencing Snapshots. Both SACStat and Sentencing Snapshots contain data on sentence type and sentence quantum (sentence length or fine amount) for cases and charges of a particular offence. However, important differences between the two products include:
  • the range of offences (SACStat – Higher Courts covers 198 offences compared with 31 offences for Sentencing Snapshots)
  • the currency of data (SACStat – Higher Courts is updated annually and Sentencing Snapshots are updated every second year)
  • offender demographics (SACStat – Higher Courts presents data according to the age and gender of offenders)
  • longitudinal data (Sentencing Snapshots present data disaggregated by financial year).
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Upcoming Events
Criminology and Criminal Justice Professional Development Programs
The Sydney Institute of Criminology, in partnership with the Centre for Continuing Education, is pleased to announce a series of upcoming criminology and criminal justice professional development courses. These short courses seek to provide industry-relevant skills and to explore relevant criminal justice practice issues. The following exciting courses are scheduled for the coming months:
  1. Psychology of Crime Course - 7 May 2016. This course is delivered by an experienced forensic psychologist and it provides practical insights into working with forensic clients.
  2. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Course - 19 and 20 May 2016. This intensive course, delivered by an internally renowned CPTED practitioner, will provide hands-on opportunities to apply CPTED knowledge and skills.
  3. Working with Domestic Violence Offenders Course - 27 May 2016. This one-day course will be delivered by a staff member from the NSW Corrective Services Academy and will focus on practical skills required to work effectively with domestic violence offenders.
  4. Motivational Interactions Course -  2 June 2016. This course will be delivered by a staff member from the NSW Corrective Services Academy and focus on practical methods of applying motivational interviewing techniques.
  5. Building Ethical Organisations Course - 19 July 2016. This course will provide a practical introduction to building an integrity framework for an organisation.
  6. Working with AOD Offenders Course - 20 July 2016. This course will be delivered by a staff member from the NSW Corrective Services Academy and will focus on practical skills required to work effectively with alcohol and other drug dependent clients.
These low-cost courses are especially relevant to criminology students and criminal justice staff. They not only provide opportunities to learn and acquire new skills, but to network with other course participants.
Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence: What's gender got to do with it?
The past 12 months have seen a significant increase in public awareness of domestic, family and sexual violence, but is the attention too narrowly focused on men’s violence against women? To what extent should we acknowledge and address male victimisation and female perpetration? How should we recognise and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community? Moreover, what factors other than gender contribute to the prevalence of these types of abuse?

This event is part of a UNSW Says Who? panel discussion featuring leaders who are tackling some of these important and contentious gendered violence issues.

Date: Thursday 21 April
Time: 6.00pm – 6.30pm Registration & Pre Event Reception
6.30pm – 8.00pm Panel Discussion & Q+A
8.00pm – 9.00pm Post Event Reception Garden Court Restaurant
Venue: Sofitel Sydney
Wentworth, Philip St Sydney

RSVP: Will Balfour
E: fassevents@unsw.edu.au
T: (02) 9385 8512
Sydney Institute of Criminology 50th Anniversary Lecture: Southern Criminology and Global Justice
Delivered by Professor Kerry Carrington, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

The Sydney Institute of Criminology presents the first lecture in a series celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Institute. Join us as Professor Kerry Carrington reflects on where criminology has come from, and a bold new vision of where it is heading.

Date: Tuesday 19 April 2016 
Time: 5 pm - 6:30 pm 
Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney 
Cost: Free, however registration essential. 

For more information about the lecture and to register, please visit the Sydney Institute of Criminology website.

Time: 5-6:30pm

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registration is essential

What can be done about wrongful convictions?
Join us at the Sydney Institute of Criminology for a panel discussion exploring miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions with prominent US experts, Professor Jon Gould and Professor Richard A. Leo, and leading Australian researchers, Dr Bob Moles and Dr Bibi Sangha. This panel event, chaired by Associate Professor David Hamer, will discuss two projects on wrongful convictions in the United States and Australia respectively.

Professor Jon Gould will discuss some of the key findings and implications of his four-year collaborative US study, Preventing Wrongful Convictions, funded by the National Institute of Justice. The study employed quantitative and qualitative analyses of ‘erroneous convictions’ and ‘near misses’ to understand the many potential causes of wrongful convictions. Professor Richard A. Leo will share his deep understanding of the role of false confessions in wrongful convictions.

Dr Bob Moles and Ms Bibi Sangha will discuss the findings from the Australian Networked Knowledge and Flinders University Miscarriages of Justice Project (FUMOJ), and explore what appears to be a long series of wrongful convictions in South Australia, including the significant causal role apparently played by South Australia’s former Chief Forensic Pathologist, Dr Colin Manock.

Date: Thursday 28 April 2016
Time: 4pm - 6pm 
Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney 
Cost: Free, however registration essential. 

For more information about the lecture and to register, please visit the Sydney Institute of Criminology website.
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Custodial and Community Youth Justice Mentor Coordinator, Whitelion Melbourne
The Whitelion mentoring program works to recruit, screen and train adult volunteers as mentors to disadvantaged young people needing a stable, consistent role model in their life.

Whitelion are seeking an experienced, committed and highly motivated Person to work within their Mentoring Program and young people to assist them in engaging with their community. Applicants will need to have a strong understanding of the youth justice and child protection systems in Victoria.

More information about this role is available here.

Applications close 5pm 17 April 2016.
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, UNSW
The role of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer will involve teaching courses in criminology and criminal justice in the social sciences at both undergraduate and masters level; applying criminology related expertise to broader research and policy courses at undergraduate level; supervising honours and PhD students; interacting with relevant industry or public sector organisations; leading research projects and actively applying for research grants. 

For more details, visit the UNSW website.
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