Smart Justice Solutions

Recent recommendations by the Victoria Law Foundation include: 1. An independent victims advocate. To build an effective and responsive system for all victims we need an independent statutory victims advocate similar to South Australia’s Commissioner for Victims’ Rights. 2. Better access to support services. Victims need a direct link to support services and a more proactive referral system,…

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Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma

Trauma and the related symptoms can also be passed from parent to child, and this is called intergenerational transmission of trauma. This may happen when the child is discouraged from talking about disturbing events, thoughts, or feelings; when parents share too many details of the traumatic event; when the child adopts the parent’s symptoms as…

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Psychopathy & Criminal Behaviour

Crimes involving gratuitous, completely un-provoked, or non-retaliatory, violence unleashed on victims ranging from children in home environments to ordinary, inoffensive folk in the streets; the elderly -and notably, young people, both generally and in entertainment precincts and venues. On the rise ?  Certainly – Government denials and ‘spin’ to the contrary. (Statistics, and empirical evidence;…

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Should children bullied at school receive victims of crime compensation?

This issue arose in March 2010 when a Victorian Supreme Court judge overruled a decision made by the Victim’s of Crime Assistance Tribunal by enabling the bullying victim in this case to be provided with compensation. It was previously thought that the victim could not be compensated due to the fact that her attackers were…

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Violent Female Offenders

The female offender population has grown in recent times. A new Swiss study assessed the prevalence of female violent offending and examined possible socio-demographic and offense-related gender differences. The study found that female offenders were more likely to be married, less educated, to have suffered from adverse childhood experiences and to be in poor mental…

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Moral Injury & Traumatic Events

A recent article  proposes that certain experiences—specifically “perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations”—create dissonance with an individual’s moral and ethical beliefs. A failure to resolve this dissonance can result in moral injury, a cascade of negative changes in beliefs about self and…

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Trauma Treatment & PTSD

Two well researched and common forms of trauma treatment are Prolonged Exposure(PE) & Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). PE starts with education about common trauma reactions. Breathing retraining is then taught, which is a skill that helps the client relax and manage immediate distress. Exposure practice with real-world anxiety producing situations is then discussed and specific…

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Inpact of Sexual Violence Against Women

Women who have experienced sexual violence are: More likely than other women to engage in various types of high-risk health behaviors, including substance use and unsafe sexual behaviors. Often experience gynecologic injuries and other kinds of gynecologic symptoms. Have an elevated prevalence of various types of sexually transmitted infections Sexual violence against women  have far-reaching…

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