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November edition of Current Issues in Criminal Justice out now!

Published by the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Current Issues in Criminal Justice is the major Australian journal on criminal justice. Contributors include academics, researchers and professionals, who provide expert analysis of the many aspects of criminal justice. The journal covers national and international issues, and features ‘Contemporary Comments’ on issues at the cutting edge of the crime and justice debate.

Our most recent issue of CICJ includes:

- articles about juvenile justice, wrongful convictions, crime prevention and the regulation of NSW brothels

- an article by BOCSAR Director Don Weatherburn entitled '"Rack ‘em, Pack ‘em and Stack ‘em": Decarceration in an Age of Zero Tolerance', relating to the lecture of the same name which he presented at the Institute in 2016

- two Contemporary Comments articles on crime prevention orders and responses to Catholic clerical child sexual abuse

- two book reviews on Genetics, Crime and Justice by Debra Wilson and Looking for Ashley: Re-reading What the Smith Case Reveals about the
Governance of Girls, Mothers and Families in Canada
by Rebecca Jaremko

A yearly subscription to CICJ includes three issues. You can learn more about the journal and how to subscribe on the Institute website.

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Upcoming Events
Affective Shifts Inside and Outside the Nation and Body: Rethinking How Refugee Research is Engendered
Date: 21 February 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: UNSW Art & Design, Sydney

This Academic Symposium is an attempt to rethink how to analyse the spaces and socialites of our lives with a focus on research with refugees and asylum seekers. It certainly requires greater ethical courage as well as deeper theoretical efforts to imagine the affective shifts of perspective that may help us challenge the complexities of contemporary times, especially the peculiar configuration of the relationship between the state and the bodies of refugees played out in punitive policies and damaging political rhetoric. This Symposium will aim to highlight how relationships that break down perceived boundaries of researcher and researched engender a different politics of affirmation with which the current tenor of public debate on refugees can be challenged.

Catering will be provided at the event and is included with your registration. 

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

Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South: An International Conference
Date:10-13th July 2017
Location: Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns, Australia

This event is co-hosted by the Crime and Justice Research Centre (QUT) and the Asian Criminological Society. Distinguished speakers include:
  • Professor Rosemary Barberet, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (USA)
  • Professor Jianhong Liu, University of Macau
  • Professor Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney
  • Professor Chuen-Jim Sheu, National Tapei University
  • Professor Guoling Zhao Peking University, China
  • Professor Stephen Tomsen, University of Western Sydney
  • Professor Elliot Currie, University of California
  • John Braithwaite, RegNet, ANU

For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit the conference website. The deadline for abstract submissions is the 31st of March 2017.

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New Courses
Forensic and Applied Victimology - Bond University
Date: 28-30 April 2017
Location: Bond University, Robina, QLD

Hosted by Forensic Analytic, this three day course will provide a holistic theoretical and practical understanding of the role of the victim in a variety of contexts. Participants will learn about an approach to understanding victimity through the lens of social science covering a number of topics including; applied crime analysis, victim precipitation, solvability and homicide, victim motivations, and more. 

There will two amazing key note speakers:
  • Dr. Wayne Petherick - forensic criminologist and is currently Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University, and principal at Forensic Analytic. In addition to teaching and research, Wayne works on cases from risk and threat, to stalking, sexual assault, and homicide. These are for private clients, legal professionals, and various criminal justice agencies. Wayne has lectured in Australia and many states of the U.S.A in the areas of criminal motivations, forensic victimology, criminal profiling, applied crime analysis, stalking, sexual assault, and homicide (including multiple homicide). He has written a number of journal articles and textbooks, his newest ‘The Psychology of Criminal and Antisocial Behaviour’ is to be released in the coming days. 


  • Dr. Amber McKinley - an Applied Victimologist and subject co-ordinator for JST311 Evidence and Investigation and JST345 Police and Victims at Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security. She holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies, a Masters of Criminal Justice and a Doctor of Philosophy. Her thesis investigated Homicide Solvability Factors and Applied Victimology in New South Wales from 1994 – 2013. Amber is also a Squadron Leader (Specialist Reserve) in the Royal Australian Air Force and consults with the Australia Defence Force Investigative Service. She teaches and researches an array of topics, including applied and forensic victimology, homicide, solvability and clearance rates, police investigations of serious crimes and the changing homicide typologies. Amber's current research projects are focused on aspects of multi-agency and trauma-informed victim care in police investigations.

For further information or to register, please contact Natasha at natasha@forensicanalytic.com
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Recent Publications
Pervasive influence of maternal and paternal criminal offending on early childhood development: a population data linkage study

By K.R. Laurens, S. Tzoumakis, M. Kariuki, and M.J. Green

Parental criminal offending is an established risk factor for offending among offspring, but little evidence is available indicating the impact of offending on early childhood functioning. We used data from a large Australian population cohort to determine associations between exposure to parental offending and a range of developmental outcomes at age 5 years.

Multi-generation data in 66 477 children and their parents from the New South Wales Child Development Study were combined using data linkage. Logistic and multinomial regressions tested associations between any and violent offending histories of parents (fathers, mothers, or both parents) obtained from official records, and multiple measures of early childhood developmental functioning (social, emotional–behavioural, cognitive, communication and physical domains) obtained from the teacher-reported 2009 Australian Early Development Census.

Parental offending conferred significantly increased risk of vulnerability on all domains, particularly the cognitive domain. Greater risk magnitudes were observed for offending by both parents and by mothers than by fathers, and for violent than for any offending. For all parental offending exposures, vulnerability on multiple domains (where medium to large effects were observed) was more likely than on a single domain (small to medium effects). Relationships remained significant and of comparable magnitude following adjustment for socio-demographic covariates.

The effect of parental offending on early childhood developmental outcomes is pervasive, with the strongest effects on functioning apparent when both parents engage in violent offending. Supporting affected families in early childhood might mitigate both early developmental vulnerability and the propensity for later delinquency among these offspring.

The full article is available here.

‘They’re Very Lonely’: Understanding the Fraud Victimisation of Seniors
By Cassandra Cross

There are many theories which seek to explain fraud victimisation. In particular, older victims find themselves at the intersection of various discourses which account for victimisation, primarily from a deficit model. This article examines two discourses relevant to older fraud victims. The first positions older victims of crime as weak and vulnerable and the second positions fraud victims generally as greedy and gullible. Using interviews with twenty-one Canadian volunteers who provide telephone support to older fraud victims (all seniors themselves), this article analyses the extent to which these two discourses are evident in the understandings of these volunteers. It finds that volunteers overwhelmingly perceive fraud to occur out of loneliness and isolation of the victim, and actively resist victim blaming narratives towards these individuals. While neither discourse is overly positive, the article discusses the implications of these discourses for the victims themselves and for their ability to access support.

The full article can be accessed here.
Intimate partner violence against women in Australia: related factors and help-seeking behaviours
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Job Advertisements
Continuing Level A scholarly teaching fellowship in Criminology

Monash University is seeking a scholarly teaching fellow in the field of criminology. To be eligible the person  must:

- Be an existing or former academic fixed-term or sessional staff member at any Australian university with at least 12
months of academic employment over the preceding five-year period. This includes periods of systematic and regular sessional academic employment.

- Not have been employed as a continuing academic at any Australian or overseas university.

- Candidates will be asked to provide evidence to verify their eligibility.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Monash Careers website.

Caseworker/Project Worker: Creating Futures Justice Program - Weave Youth and Community Services, Sydney NSW
This position involves:

- Developing relevant networks and providing comprehensive, holistic, intensive client-centred casework support to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders a genuine chance at creating a future that does not involve the criminal justice system.

- Provision of pre and post release support, court support and advocacy for mainly Aboriginal offenders in the City of Sydney LGA.

- Leading the development and facilitation of skills development courses, mentoring projects etc. that give Creating Futures clients meaningful ways to engage in community and connect to culture.

Strong casework and project work experience with young people with complex issues is required and experience working with Aboriginal young people and communities will be highly valued (more than 65% of clients of the program are Aboriginal). Classification for this position is SCHADS Award Level 4 Paypoint 1-4 depending on qualifications and experience. Hourly rate range: $33.78 - $36.45 plus significant salary packaging benefits. 

How to Apply

Applications including a current resume and a document specifically responding to and outlining how you meet each of the Selection Criteria (List of criteria included in the Job Description Document), should be emailed to Siobhan Bryson at siobhan@weave.org.au Phone Melissa Merritt on 9318 0539 if you want further information or need to request the Job Description document.

Closing Date for applications is midnight on Sunday January 22nd 2017. Aboriginal applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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