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Recent Publications
'Predictors of recidivism amongst police recorded family violence perpetrators'

Melanie Millsteed and Sarah Coghlan, Crime Statistics Agency, Victoria 

The Crime Statistics Agency recently released a research paper, based on commissioned research undertaken for the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The research aimed to assess how well the risk factors that Victoria Police consider for all reported family violence incidents predict recidivism. It examined a cohort of alleged perpetrators with a family incident recorded in the 2010-11 financial year, and the risk factors that were more likely to be present if they were recorded for one or more additional family incidents in the period to March 2015.

Logistic regression modelling identified statistical relationships between some, but not all, of the alleged perpetrator characteristics and risk factors recorded, and the perpetration of further family incidents. Amongst others, the significant predictors included perpetrator gender and age, the alleged perpetrator's relationship with the affected family member (or alleged victim), and the perpetrator's history of
contact with police or the criminal justice system. Alleged perpetrators with one or two prior recorded family incidents were approximately twice as likely to be recorded for a recidivism incident, and those with three or more prior recorded incidents were more than four times as likely to be recorded for a recidivism incident, than those with no prior recorded incidents.

The paper also identifies opportunities for further research, including piloting and evaluation of any new or revised risk assessment tools developed in Victoria.

1st Edition of the 'Advancing Corrections Journal' and Call for Papers

The Advancing Corrections Journal is a peer-reviewed publication that provides an interdisciplinary and international forum for the dissemination of new research, policies and practices related to advancing professional corrections worldwide. The aim is to provide an opportunity for both researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines (criminal justice, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, public health, and social work) to publish papers that examine issues from a variety of perspectives in a unique, interdisciplinary forum. Advancing Corrections is intended to fill the need for researchers to speak more clearly to practitioners and practitioners to speak in a more evidence informed way to their colleagues.

For the next issue of Advancing Corrections, please submit your paper electronically by 30 June 2016 to Aleksandar Petrov at the ICPA Head Office (aleksandarpetrov@icpa.ca), with a copy to Dr. Frank Porporino, Chair of the ICPA Research and Development Expert Group and Editor of the Journal (fporporino@rogers.com). Manuscripts should follow the Guidelines for Authors for the Journal.

European Drug Report 2016
As in previous years, the European Drug Report 2016 by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction offers a timely review of the latest trends and developments in the European drug situation, in the form of an integrated multimedia package. This report is unique in bringing together an up-to-date and top-level overview of drug use, drug problems and drug markets, and integrating this situational analysis with information on drug policies and practice.
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Upcoming Events
EOI now open for 'A Room without a View and the Camps' - Learning Event

Date: 2nd-22nd January, 2017
Location: Launceston, Tasmania

There is a major global problem of growing prison populations. So often prisons create more problems than they solve and become institutions of instruction in crime. Dominantly prison populations come from the most disadvantaged ethnic groups and social classes. At the most progressive, some prisons aim to humanise the incarcerated, but mostly they do the reverse.

Population pressure, rapid urbanisation, the displacement of people by conflict and climate change impacts all now converge to expand the nature of criminalisation.

This event will explore the issues, and examine ideas that radically redirect how prisons and refugee camps are conceptualised, designed and function with particular reference to liberatory forms of social change and education.

Expressions of Interest close on the 1st of October. For more details on the event and to submit your application, click here.

'2016 Crime Prevention and Communities Conference' - Call for Abstracts

Date: 3rd-4th November 2016
Location: Brisbane

This important conference, Innovative responses to traditional challenges, will inform local government, urban planners, policy makers, police, criminologists, non-government community organisations, researchers and students about best practice, policy, evaluation and research. The conference will feature speakers from contributors a range of crime prevention projects and programs, including Professor Anna Stewart of Griffith University and Chief Rob Davis of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Canada. 

Abstract submissions for presentation at the 2016 Crime Prevention and Communities conference are now open, and will close on the 30th of June. The conference organisers are looking for best practice, policy, research underpinnings and evaluation from contributors across a range of crime prevention projects and programs to inform local government, urban planners, policy makers, police, criminologists, non-government community organisations, researchers and students.

Subthemes include but are not limited to: domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, vulnerable communities (including Indigenous, elderly, CALD, and people with a disability), mental health and links to the community, crime prevention through environmental design, and situational crime prevention. To submit an abstract, please follow the link.

Registrations now open for 'From Evidence to Practice: The 2nd Australasian Youth Justice Conference'

Date: 13th-15th September
Location: Brisbane

The Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators (AJJA) and the Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) are proud to announce that registration is now open for 'From Evidence to Practice: The 2nd Australasian Youth Justice Conference'. Informed by the Principles of Youth Justice in Australia, the conference will be held in Brisbane from 13-15 September 2016, and will be of great interest to researchers, policy makers and practitioners from government and non-government sectors. Key note speakers include Professor Colleen Hayward from Edith Cowan University, Professor Patrick McGorry from Orygen, Ms Khylee Quince of the University of Auckland, Professor Linda Teplin of Northwestern University, and Professor Rob White from the University of Tasmania.

For more information and to register, please follow the link.

'Look Who's Talking - Australian Lawyers in the Asian Century'
Date: 28th June
Location: UNSW, Sydney

What is it like to work in Asia? What opportunities - and challenges - are involved in making the transition from Australia, and what doors can it open? 

Join Stuart Fuller, Global Managing Partner, King & Wood Mallesons,
and Sue Kench, Chief Executive Partner, Australia, King & Wood Mallesons, as they discuss doing law and business in China and the place of Australian lawyers in the Asian Century. A Q&A led by UNSW Law Professor Ross Buckley, CIFR KWM Chair of International Finance Law, will conclude the lecture with drinks, canapés and networking to follow.

All are welcome to this free event. You may count this one-hour session towards satisfying a point of your annual MCLE obligations. For more information and to register, follow the link.
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Job Advertisements
Senior Policy Officer, VIC Government
Applications are now invited for the ongoing role of Senior Policy Officer in Strategic Policy in the Projects and Policy Branch of the Strategic Policy and Planning Division of Corrections Victoria. The Senior Policy Officer will be responsible for development and implementation of policies that ensure the safe, secure and humane containment of prisoners, and that seek to rehabilitate prisoners and offenders by addressing the underlying causes of offending behaviour. The role will also be responsible for the development of policies to address emerging issues and trends relevant to the correctional system.

Applications close on the 14th of June. For more information and how to apply, follow the link.
Caseworker - Department of Justice and Attorney General, Townsville

Caseworkers provide professional intervention to young offenders subject to
youth justice intervention, with the aim of reducing re-offending. Applicants
are required to nominate an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander person who is recognised and accepted within the community as a referee to support their ability to meet the key responsibilities. Possession of a tertiary degree relevant to the role such as social work, behavioural science or social science, criminology or other recognised degree.

Applications close on the 10th of June. For more information and to apply, follow the link.

Case Manager, YWCA Darwin
YWCA Darwin is recruiting a Case Manager for “Women of Worth” who possesses commitment, resilience and empathy to assist women at all stages of their involvement with Northern Territory Correctional Services and for a transitioning period beyond. The Program will operate across the Greater Darwin region, offering a range of supports and taking a client centred approach to service delivery.

The Women of Worth Case Manager will facilitate opportunities for clients to achieve personal goals, break cycles of offending behaviour and attain independence. Settings for delivery will include (but not be limited to) Darwin Correctional Centre, Darwin Magistrates Court, Palmerston Drop in Space, Community Corrections offices and client accommodation.

These are female identified positions and workers must satisfy National Police Certificate (criminal history check including finger printing), Working with Children Clearance (NT Ochre Card), NT Drivers Licence and employment history requirements.

Applications close on the 19th of June. For more information and to apply, follow the link.
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