Oscar Pistorius was jailed for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder, but her mum is still seeking justice
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
By Monique Pueblos, 9 July 2023, SBS News ‘I don’t believe a word’: what it would take for June Steenkamp to feel justice has been served Pistorius was first jailed in 2014 for killing his girlfriend and eventually sentenced to a total of 15 years imprisonment — the minimum sentence for murder in South Africa. But even though Pistorius was charged with murder and remains in prison, June Steenkamp and her husband say they’re still searching for justice. Though June thinks Pistorius won’t confess in their lifetime, she said hearing Pistorius tell the truth would be the best thing that ..read more
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New Family Violence Research Projects Announced
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
While many children and young people will flee family violence with a protective parent, those who leave violence on their own terms are often required to seek shelter and survival through a range of sometimes unseen, often unsafe, means. Without effective intervention, the trajectory for these unaccompanied young people is frequently one of further violence and harm. Yet little is known about their needs and experiences, as well as the type of response and support that would be meaningful for them. Working with our partners Melbourne City Mission, Unsafe & unseen: spotlighting u ..read more
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New report highlights benefits of early legal and social support for young people using violence in the home
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
Youthlaw, Victoria’s youth legal centre, has launched the Centre for Innovative Justice, Final Evaluation of the Pre-court Support for Adolescents using violence in the home (AVITH) Pilot. This two-year collaborative project was funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board & Commissioner, building on the findings of the PIPA Project, to develop and evaluate a pilot of an integrated and pre-court response to young people using violence in the home, who are listed as the respondents on an intervention order. After some delays largely due to COVID-19 impacts, the pilot ran from January 2021 t ..read more
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Future-proofing research – the challenges of building an evidence-base during COVID-19
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
Like all teams that are part of a University workforce, the CIJ also faced considerable organisational challenges, resulting in a reduction in capacity. In addition, the same budget pressures drove us to seek more and more projects, while rescoping and carrying existing ones, all in the hands of a smaller operation. Given these circumstances, we’re grateful to be rebuilding and to have welcomed new members to the team. During this time, we have also managed to complete some incredibly valuable projects – some of them published, some of them internal to government, courts and other bodies – whi ..read more
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WRAP Around Families starting to wrap up!
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
The CIJ has been encouraged and thrilled by the fantastic level of involvement from dedicated practitioners in the ANROWS funded WRAP Around Families Experiencing AVITH (adolescent violence in the home) project. Initially designed as a relatively targeted project, a welcome injection of resources into the sector by the Victorian Government in early 2021 contributed to a sizeable expansion of the number of practitioners working in this area. This meant that, despite the considerable pressures of Victoria’s extended lockdowns, over 70 practitioners participated in focus groups during late 2021 a ..read more
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New ANROWS project announced!
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
The 2020–2022 ANROWS Core Grant Research Program involves eight projects that collectively address each of the research gaps in relation to children and young people exposed to violence against women identified in Australia’s National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (ANRA). The research program has a specific focus on children and young people in marginalised populations, and will advance the evidence base in relation to effective prevention and response strategies to identify and address: the impacts on children and young people of exposure to violenc ..read more
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Voices of adolescents should not be another casualty of this pandemic
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
The PIPA Project found that the current response is functioning in a way that may deter families from seeking further help, rather than as a positive intervention. This is because the relevant policy and legislative levers currently appear to be just as concerned with risk to the system as they are with risk to vulnerable families – driving the imposition of Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIOs) where this may simply be making adolescents more vulnerable, without making families any safer. These levers include a Code of Practice which recognises that adolescent respondents are different ..read more
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‘Invisible’ victims of teenage violence are already suffering in silence. The legal system is making the problem worse
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
Hayley Gleeson, ABC News, 15 March 2020 “When she’d ask him to turn off the TV to do his homework, for instance, or come to the table for dinner, he’d swear and shout at her and make denigrating comments about her cooking. It wasn’t long before her younger son joined in.” Read full article here The post ‘Invisible’ victims of teenage violence are already suffering in silence. The legal system is making the problem worse first appeared on RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice ..read more
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Adolescent family violence is a growing problem – and the legal system is making it worse
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
Elena Campbell, 3 March, 2020 “Further, findings by the Australian Institute of Criminology indicate that adolescents in contact with police for violence often have further contact soon after, including for breaches of protection orders. Victorian Crime Statistics Agency figures also recently confirmed what we’ve known for some time: adolescent perpetrators often experienced violence as a child.” Read full article here The post Adolescent family violence is a growing problem – and the legal system is making it worse first appeared on RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice ..read more
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New resource on perpetrator intervention systems
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by Centre for Innovative Justice
5M ago
Over the past few years the CIJ has been engaged in considerable work around the perpetration of family violence and, more specifically, effective system interventions. Led by Associate Director Elena Campbell, some of this work has been part of ANROWS-funded research, and some has related to specific Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations. In particular, from 2016 to 2018, the CIJ conducted two stages of work to ‘map’ the journeys of perpetrators of family violence through the service system. This work included a first stage to inform the development of the Premier’s Ten-Year P ..read more
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