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New research on public views towards sentencing for child homicide offences reveals:

  • Sentences for child manslaughter are often viewed by the community as inadequate. Those who held more punitive views towards crime and justice generally were more likely to feel that imposed sentences were overly lenient.
  • Sentences were not felt to take sufficient account of the vulnerability and defencelessness of the child victim.
  • The conduct of the offender before and after the offence was also considered as important factors by community members in assessing the severity of a case.

Read: Sentencing for child homicide offences: Assessing public opinion using a focus group approach









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Child sexual abuse material on the darknet: A script analysis of how offenders operate (May 2021)
Changing perceptions of biometric technologies (May 2021)
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Eurocrim e-conference 2021

The 2021 conference of the European Society of Criminology will take place online through this professional virtual conference platform. The conference will take place during three full days: Wednesday 8 September to Friday 10 September 2021.

Participants will have access to the video channels of the panels directly from their computer or from a dedicated conference app. In addition, the platform offers a range of other functionalities, including tools for direct one-on-one or group interaction of conference participants via live chat or videoconferencing, as well as social events. Abstract submission and registration are now open!


WHO: Survivors of violence tell their stories

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Survivors of violence tell their stories


Very few survivors of violence ever tell anyone about their experiences. A new package of testimonial videos produced by WHO and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children features the stories of five individuals from around the world – Ruby, Florence, Jeremy, Stewart and Eugenie – who have courageously shared their personal accounts of violence, how it affected them, and which interventions proved to be most beneficial.


“Violence often occurs behind closed doors, and many survivors of violence suffer for years in silence,” notes Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO Department of Social Determinants of Health. “All survivors of violence should be given the encouragement and support they need to break the silence and access services to help them heal physically and mentally and achieve justice.”  


Collectively, these testimonials show that violence against children is a universal issue, cutting across socio-economic and cultural contexts. While the stories share common features, they also place a spotlight on the different types of violence and the various settings in which violence occurs. A thread running through each testimony is a call to speak up and break the silence on violence.


The 13-minute documentary is the centerpiece of the package of videos, while shorter versions, including those proposed for use on social media, point people towards the full documentary. A toolkit offers ways for the package of videos to be used to build capacities to prevent and respond to violence, enhance media reporting and facilitate advocacy to end violence against children. 





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Next EMCDDA webinar on Prison and drugs in Europe: current and future challenges 30th June 2021 h.12.00-13.30

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A conversation with Heino Stöver, Institute for Addiction Research Organization Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Mark Johnson, founder of Uservoices, NGOs of people with lived experience aiming at foster dialogue between service users and service providers, London, UK; Carmen Martínez Aznar, Vice General Director of Penitenciary Health, Genral Secretary of Penitenciary Institutions, Spain; Theano Mavromoustaki, Senior Legal Counsel for the Government at the Law Office and acting on behalf of the Attorney General of the Republic of Cyprus; Chair: Linda Montanari, EMCDDA Opening and closing remarks, Alexis Goosdeel, EMCDDA Director (to be confirmed)

Cybercrime Conference: fake news, legislative responses, and women in cyber

1-4pm, 21 July 2021 - ONLINE


This free-to-attend online event will feature a range of speakers addressing current themes in cybercrime and cybersecurity research. Industry and policy practitioners will come together with academic speakers to examine these issues.

Key themes that will be explored are:

  • Legislative responses to cybercrime e.g. Computer Misuse Act, Domestic Abuse Bill
  • Fake news

They will also reflect on the emergence of women in the cybercrime field.

Organised by the UCL Dawes Centre for Future Crime and the UCL Security and Crime Science EDI Committee.



To register please click here

Drug use monitoring in Australia: Drug use among police detainees, 2020

Data from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program during 2020 indicated that:

  • Overall, 45 percent of police detainees reported using methamphetamine in the past 30 days, but methamphetamine use declined as restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic were introduced. Past-month heroin use also declined, from nine percent in January–February to five percent in October–November.
  • Respondents perceived methamphetamine as extremely available and high in quality during January–February. Ratings of availability and quality were lower in April–June and July–August, before recovering in October–November. Ratings of heroin availability and quality also decreased during the pandemic.
  • Almost half of the detainees surveyed reported using cannabis (47%) in the past 30 days. Fewer detainees reported past-month use of benzodiazepines (21%), cocaine (8%) or ecstasy (5%).

Read: Drug use monitoring in Australia: Drug use among police detainees, 2020

5th World Congress on Probation and Parole

World Conference Ottawa

From 28th September until 1st October, September 2022, the 5th World Congress on Probation and Parole, entitled “No One Left Behind: Building Community Capacity” will take place in Ottawa, Canada. The event explored the challenges, opportunities, and success stories involved in building community capacity and sustaining partnerships that support successful reintegration for diverse groups of offenders in an evolving global environment.

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EUCPN: Initiatives regarding domestic violence and domestic burglary

This paper aims to support European, national and local stakeholders by giving an overview of the initiatives which may or may not work to prevent domestic burglaries. All initiatives have been grouped in three categories: namely those for which strong evidence, moderate evidence or limited evidence is available. Read the paper


Research article: How to Start a Perpetrator Programme?

Tackling domestic violence requires a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach. Perpetrator programmes should be a crucial element and encourage perpetrators to take responsibility for their actions. While always ensuring the victim's safety, these programmes aim to disrupt violent behaviour and support perpetrators on their pathways to behavioural change. Interested in setting up such a programme? Take a look at this paper on the dos and don'ts by the European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence.

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Spain: The State Pact against Gender Violence and the Action Plan on Violence Against Women

The State Pact aims to extend and deepen the comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach adopted with the measures provided for gender violence (which highlight preventive, educational, social, assistance and aftercare aspects for the victims) to all forms of violence against women.

The Action Plan makes violence against women a strategic priority. It reinforces the work already carried out by the Civil Guard in the fight against all forms of violence against women.


Sweden: A developed best way of working

The aim of the project is to increase the methodical support to awareness early proof of evidence, level and quality of actions issued in Intimate Partner Violence investigations, with the ultimate goal to increase the success rate in terms of prosecution. In addition, the cycle of violence may be interrupted prior to more violent, sometimes lethal (homicide) actions by the perpetrator. 

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Sweden: Initiative Dawn and IGOR

The main objective of Initiative Dawn in the Police Region Stockholm is intimate partner violence, rape and sexual offenses against children, and focuses on areas like resource, cooperation and method.

The project IGOR only covers crimes involving men's violence against women in the district of Södermalms social services administration and the Södermalm local police area.

More info


Upcoming: EUCPN toolbox on domestic violence


Domestic violence can have many serious consequences for the victims, ranging from psychological and physical harm to even fatal endings. Prevention efforts should be a crucial part of its approach, to which our upcoming toolbox aims to give practitioners a head-start. This toolbox will be published in September, view our previous toolboxes.