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CRC funded reports

2019/20

Summaries of these reports are given below. These reports are held by the Australian Institute of Criminology's JV Barry Library and are available on inter-library loan. For full bibliographic information on any report, search the Library's Catalogue.

  1. CRG 07/16–17: Evidence-based policing: A survey of attitudes in two Australian police agencies
  2. CRG 33/14-15: Community-Based, Victim-Centred Restorative Justice for Sexual Violence – A Pilot
  3. CRG 3/15–16: Cross-over kids: Effective responses to children and young people in the youth justice and statutory child protection systems

CRG 07/16–17: Evidence-based policing: A survey of attitudes in two Australian police agencies

Adrian Cherney, Emma Antrobus, Sarah Bennett, Bevan Murphy and Mike Newman
Report to the Criminology Research Advisory Council

Evidence-based policing (EBP) is a perspective that advocates the use of scientific processes in police decision-making. Central to EBP is the use of research evidence to direct police decisions. This project aimed to understand the adoption of EBP within Australian police agencies.

To develop an understanding of the uptake of EBP, this research examined the receptiveness towards EBP in the Western Australia Police (WAPol) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS). Both police jurisdictions have prioritized EBP in policy and practice.

A survey was distributed to all 6,632 WAPol officers from constable to commander and to all 322 commissioned officers in the QPS. The WAPol survey had an overall response rate of 18 percent and the survey of QPS officers had an overall response rate of 41 percent.

This report provides results from both the WA police and QPS survey and examines a variety of factors related to the perceived value and usefulness of academic and internal research, and individual and organizational barriers to the use of EBP research. Results also examine whether leadership and EBP workshops influence the adoption of evidence-based practices.

Section 1 of the report outlines the project aims and the methodology of the two surveys. Section 2 sets out the main findings from the WAPol survey. Section 3 sets out the main findings from the QPS survey. Section 4 highlights some implications and conclusions drawn from both surveys.


CRG 33/14-15: Community-Based, Victim-Centred Restorative Justice for Sexual Violence – A Pilot

Bebe Loff, Bronwyn Naylor, Liz Bishop
Report to the Criminology Research Advisory Council

This is the final report of a study titled a Community-Based Survivor-Victim Focussed Restorative Justice Pilot and based at the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SECASA) in Victoria, Australia. The study has been undertaken through a collaboration between the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights at Monash University, the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University and SECASA.


CRG 3/15–16: Cross-over kids: Effective responses to children and young people in the youth justice and statutory child protection systems

Susan Baidawi and Rosemary Sheehan
Report to the Criminology Research Advisory Council

This study examines the extent to which children and young people before the Criminal Division of the Victorian Children’s Court were also clients of the statutory child protection system, and to better understand the characteristics of this group. It also explores the factors which contribute to the entry and entrenchment of these children in the criminal justice system. A mixed methods research design was adopted, involving stakeholder consultations and case file analysis of 300 children brought before the Criminal Division of Victoria’s Children’s Courts who also had current or historical Family Division matters indicating statutory child protection involvement.

Cross-over children were overwhelmingly impacted by cumulative harm across their lives, faced considerable co-occurring challenges affecting their engagement with statutory and non-statutory social systems, and were more likely to be among children convicted with earlier onset, more violent and more voluminous offending. These findings suggest several strategies may be necessary for prevention, diversion and responding to cross-over children’s criminal justice system involvement.

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