What would a victim and survivor centred justice system look like?

  • Trauma informed
  • Victims & Survivors

Challenge 3, 5 and 7 in Here for Change, the National Centre’s Five Year Strategy, highlights that children, young people and adults who experience child sexual abuse are often not protected or well supported to meet their changing needs at different times in their lives.

To address these challenges, the National Centre has scheduled their next In Conversation webinar, set for May 2nd. The session will explore what a justice system would look like if it was designed to serve the needs of victims and survivors.

Moderated by National Centre CEO Dr Leanne Beagley, this In Conversation discussion will bring together lived experience with insights from research and practice experts to unpack:

  • barriers that impede a positive and meaningful justice process and outcomes
  • how the current justice system compounds trauma for victims and survivors
  • how healing could be facilitated through a transparent, inclusive, trauma responsive and accessible justice system

Guest speakers include:

Malika Elizabeth Reese, Member of the National Centre Survivor-led Adult College. Malika is proud to be a college member with living experience of the National Centre’s Survivor-led Adult College. In 2010 Malika had her stepfather successfully prosecuted. In doing so she had the name suppression order dropped, so that the one-time Senior Citizen of the Year in Armidale, could be publicly named and shamed. As a speaker, writer, musician and storyteller, Malika has been performing for over 20 years. She is in the process of publishing a family memoir of six women in her family going back six generations and would like to follow this up with writing a play called “A Very Gentle Talk About Bodies for Little Ones” to gently address such topics as eating disorders, body acceptance and child sexual abuse.

Dr Jodi Death, Associate Professor, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. Jodi’s primary research interest is in child sexual abuse in institutional care. This includes identifying and responding to the voices and needs of survivors and developing an understanding of historic paedophile networks. This work builds on Jodi’s PhD which examined the role of forgiveness in ways that churches are responding to child sexual abuse by church leaders.

As part of an interdisciplinary team, Jodi has completed work for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to child sexual abuse, considering children’s perspectives of safety in out-of-home care. Jodi’s more recent work considers the ways in which the Family Law Court of Australia manages and responds to allegations of child sexual abuse in custody disputes. Prior to commencing with QUT, Jodi worked for the Department of Community Services NSW (DoCS), as a child protection caseworker. Jodi has also previously worked as a sexual assault crisis response counselor in Central West NSW and has a background in involvement with social welfare development in rural NSW.

Hanina Rind, Lawyer and Member of the National Centre First Nations College. Hanina is an experienced personal injury lawyer with a focus on institutional abuse, police torts, and coronial inquests. Currently working as in-house counsel for the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Hanina previously worked as a Solicitor at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, providing culturally sensitive legal advice and representation to Aboriginal clients who have been abused by the police, in custodial settings, and in cases of deaths in custody. Hanina also worked as a Solicitor at Shine Lawyers, specialising in institutional abuse law. Hanina has authored a paper titled “Deepfakes, the new ‘Revenge Pornography’: Can our current legal framework remedy victims of non-consensual deepfake sexual abuse?” This paper critically examines the legal challenges surrounding non-consensual deepfake sexual abuse and assesses the adequacy of existing legal frameworks in addressing the rights of victims.

Renee Handsaker, Practice Lead, Open Circle, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University. Renee is a highly skilled facilitator with over 15 years’ experience facilitating restorative processes in response to sexual assault, child sexual abuse, dangerous driving causing death, murder and racism. A key part of Renee’s work is facilitating healing and acknowledgement processes between survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and the leaders of the institution. Renee has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work.

This webinar is part of a concentrated effort by the National Centre to support the translation of knowledge and improve responses for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

 

EVENT DETAILS

Date: May 2, 2024

Time: 12pm-1.30pm AEST

Where: Online

Please note this webinar will be recorded.

Registrations are now open.

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Understanding child sexual abuse

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
Preventing repeat child exploitation material offending: An international evaluation of the CEM-COPE Program
Conceptualising and Estimating the Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation (Phase One of Australian Study into Economic Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation)
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
Enhancing the capability of Australia’s Primary Health Workforce to respond to child sexual abuse
CHANGE – curtailing harm and navigating growth: evidence for change pathways of young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Amplifying the voices of victim-survivors: Advancing the harmful sexual behaviour evidence base – the Ava project
Reshaping the Conversation: Development of a shared language and preferred definitions guide endorsed by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse
Building a knowledge frame for responding to the needs of children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Children and Young People’s Safety Project
Child safe practices using contextual safeguarding strategies
The more I talk, the stronger I get: unlocking our past to free our future
Delivering trauma-informed support for child sexual abuse victims in Victoria: mapping the knowledge gaps and training needs of the specialist sectors
Online child sexual victimisation and associated mental health outcomes
Differentiating adverse childhood experience profiles of male youths who exhibit harmful sexual behaviours

Response to child sexual abuse

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
Preventing repeat child exploitation material offending: An international evaluation of the CEM-COPE Program
Evaluation of the Multi-Agency Investigation & Support Team
Conceptualising and Estimating the Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation (Phase One of Australian Study into Economic Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation)
Effect of multi-agency deliberation on perceptions of risk in responses to child abuse and neglect
The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
CHANGE – curtailing harm and navigating growth: evidence for change pathways of young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Improving legal, policy and practice responses to the intersection of domestic violence perpetration and child sexual abuse offending
Into the war zone: disclosure and disbelief in the Family Court
Understanding the experiences of child sexual abuse disclosure in Australia in the wake of the Royal Commission
Building trauma-responsive sexual health and relationship education
Learning from victims and survivors about what helps disclosure and responses to child sexual abuse
Amplifying the voices of victim-survivors: Advancing the harmful sexual behaviour evidence base – the Ava project
The dignity by design project: survivor-led system redesign
Evaluating a harmful sexual behaviour education program in a residential care setting
Community as experts: investigating the context, needs and help-seeking pathways for child sexual abuse survivors and their supporters in the NSW Bega Valley
Developing and implementing a framework for abuse prevention through culture change and organisational development
Reshaping the Conversation: Development of a shared language and preferred definitions guide endorsed by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse
Building a knowledge frame for responding to the needs of children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Australian Child Maltreatment Study
Children and Young People’s Safety Project
Child safe practices using contextual safeguarding strategies
Enhancing the capacity of rural and regional respectful relationship educators
Strengthening relationships and connections for young people in therapeutic residential care
The safeguarding capability of adults in Catholic Church ministries: a global perspective
Creating safer futures: raising public awareness of child sexual abuse among young adults through digital storytelling
Survivor perspectives on institutional use of child sexual abuse material
The more I talk, the stronger I get: unlocking our past to free our future
Delivering trauma-informed support for child sexual abuse victims in Victoria: mapping the knowledge gaps and training needs of the specialist sectors
Online child sexual victimisation and associated mental health outcomes
Differentiating adverse childhood experience profiles of male youths who exhibit harmful sexual behaviours

Needs of victims and survivors

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
Evaluation of the Multi-Agency Investigation & Support Team
The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
Enhancing the capability of Australia’s Primary Health Workforce to respond to child sexual abuse
Improving legal, policy and practice responses to the intersection of domestic violence perpetration and child sexual abuse offending
Into the war zone: disclosure and disbelief in the Family Court
Understanding the experiences of child sexual abuse disclosure in Australia in the wake of the Royal Commission
Building trauma-responsive sexual health and relationship education
Learning from victims and survivors about what helps disclosure and responses to child sexual abuse
Amplifying the voices of victim-survivors: Advancing the harmful sexual behaviour evidence base – the Ava project
The dignity by design project: survivor-led system redesign
Supporting continuous quality improvement in safeguarding at Hockey Australia and other national sporting organisations
Evaluating a harmful sexual behaviour education program in a residential care setting
Community as experts: investigating the context, needs and help-seeking pathways for child sexual abuse survivors and their supporters in the NSW Bega Valley
Enhancing the capacity of rural and regional respectful relationship educators
Creating safer futures: raising public awareness of child sexual abuse among young adults through digital storytelling
Survivor perspectives on institutional use of child sexual abuse material
The more I talk, the stronger I get: unlocking our past to free our future

Prevention of child sexual abuse

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
Preventing repeat child exploitation material offending: An international evaluation of the CEM-COPE Program
Conceptualising and Estimating the Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation (Phase One of Australian Study into Economic Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation)
The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
CHANGE – curtailing harm and navigating growth: evidence for change pathways of young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Evaluating a harmful sexual behaviour education program in a residential care setting
Developing and implementing a framework for abuse prevention through culture change and organisational development
Building a knowledge frame for responding to the needs of children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Australian Child Maltreatment Study
Strengthening relationships and connections for young people in therapeutic residential care
Differentiating adverse childhood experience profiles of male youths who exhibit harmful sexual behaviours

Identification of child sexual abuse

The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
Enhancing the capability of Australia’s Primary Health Workforce to respond to child sexual abuse
Supporting continuous quality improvement in safeguarding at Hockey Australia and other national sporting organisations
Evaluating a harmful sexual behaviour education program in a residential care setting
Developing and implementing a framework for abuse prevention through culture change and organisational development
Children and Young People’s Safety Project
The safeguarding capability of adults in Catholic Church ministries: a global perspective

Disclosure of child sexual abuse

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
Enhancing the capability of Australia’s Primary Health Workforce to respond to child sexual abuse
Improving legal, policy and practice responses to the intersection of domestic violence perpetration and child sexual abuse offending
Into the war zone: disclosure and disbelief in the Family Court
Understanding the experiences of child sexual abuse disclosure in Australia in the wake of the Royal Commission
Learning from victims and survivors about what helps disclosure and responses to child sexual abuse
Supporting continuous quality improvement in safeguarding at Hockey Australia and other national sporting organisations
Community as experts: investigating the context, needs and help-seeking pathways for child sexual abuse survivors and their supporters in the NSW Bega Valley