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• Understanding support needs for victim-survivors of sexual exploitation Webinar, 14 November 2023

1Understanding support needs for victim-survivors of sexual exploitation
Webinar, 14 November 2023
Sexual exploitation can have significant short- and longer-term impacts on victim-survivors. However, there is currently a lack of research exploring the support needs of victim-survivors who received support in Australia, and barriers to support provision. To address this knowledge gap, in partnership with Project Respect and the Australian Red Cross, the Australian Institute of Criminology undertook a research project which involved the analysis of case management records for 50 female-identifying victim-survivors of sexual exploitation in Australia, and conducted interviews with 12 victim-survivor caseworkers.
In this webinar, the AIC will present the findings from the study, describing the complex and co-occurring support needs of victims-survivors, as well as the individual-level, interrelationship and systemic barriers to support provision in Australia. 
This event will be recorded and uploaded to CriminologyTV

• Child Sexual Abuse Reduction Research Network (CSARRN) Inaugural workshop

  • Adelaide, 4 - 5 December 2023
    Child sexual abuse is a complex and harmful crime type that requires multi-sector collaboration to address. This workshop will bring together leading researchers and practitioners from around the world to share their research on combatting child sexual abuse, and foster new connections. The workshop will cover a wide range of relevant topics, including understanding offender behaviour patterns and pathways, new investigatory methods and approaches, artificial intelligence and machine learning, the use of offender-based interventions and prevention initiatives, as well as the provision of support to victim-survivors. 
  • Child Sexual Abuse Reduction Research Network (CSARRN) Inaugural workshop


Last call to register for the CEP Workshop on gender-based violence in probation

Last call to register for the CEP Workshop on gender-based violence in probation

...the 2nd Edition of the Workshop on Gender-Based Violence in Probation, held on November 29 in Barcelona, Catalonia-Spain. This event focuses on addressing gender inequality, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, particularly towards women and girls.

Experts will discuss prevention strategies, offender support programs, evaluation and transnational collaboration. Additionally, attendees will hear a personal experience from Lynn Harris, the founder of No Feart CIC, who will share insights from her own experiences with domestic violence.


To view the detailed program click here.

Registration and fees

Click here to register

The registration deadline is 13 November 2023


Centre for Legal Studies and Specialized Training
C/ de Pau Claris, 158, 08009 Barcelona


Webinar on - Tackling Discrimination Within Policing

Speaker update- Thursday, December 7th 2023 9:30am and 1:00pm 2023 between 9:30am and 1:00pm

Public Policy Exchange will be hosting a webinar on Tackling Discrimination Within Policing: The Need for Root and Branch Institutional Reform which will take place on Thursday, 7th December 2023 between 9:30am and 1:00pm 

Please click here to register online.




  • Examine the recommendations made in the Police Foundation’s Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales
  • Learn about the challenges posed by implicit biases and leading best practices within police forces to tackle implicit bias and prevent discriminatory practices
  • Explore the legislative changes and changes in recruitment, training and disciplinary policies needed to root out discrimination from UK police forces
  • Examine methods for developing strong community partnerships to build trust, understanding and consensus, especially with regard to women, LGBTQ+ people, and those from ethnic minorities
  • Learn about efforts to improve the representation of women, LGBTQ+ people, and ethnic minority officers in the police force, and how this can be improved
  • Analyse internal police complaints procedures and exchange view on how these can be improved to reduce discriminatory practice
  • Examine how “institutional racism”, as described in the Macpherson Report, should be tackled
  • Identify key actions government and police forces might take in response to the Lammy Review


Confirmed Speakers

  • Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera, Director of Policing, Criminology & Justice at the University of East London
  • Montell Neufville, Managing Director at ATT10TIVE Social Enterprise & Chair of the JPS Tri-Force Use of Force Community Scrutiny Panel for Beds, Herts & Cambs
  • David Pearson, Trustee at ELOP - East London Out Project
  • Sheldon Thomas, Chief Executive of Gangsline
  • Amy Bowdrey, Policy and Public Affairs Officer at Refuge
  • Lorraine Olley, Director of embraceEDI


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WHO: Save the date: 1st Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Violence Against Children

16 – 7 November 2024 

Bogotá, Colombia

Violence is a reality for half of the world’s children; 1 billion experience physical, emotional, and sexual abuse every year. Experiencing violence is not only a violation of children's rights, it also increases the risk of mental health conditions, noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer, infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, and social problems such as criminal activity and substance abuse. 

Violence does more than harm individual children; it undermines the fabric of our society. It makes it harder for children to build happy, healthy lives and costs the global economy billions of dollars each year.

To address this global tragedy, the Governments of Colombia and Sweden, in partnership with WHO, UNICEF and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on ending violence against children, will host the first-ever Ministerial Conference on Ending Violence Against Children, in Bogota, Colombia, from 6 to 7 November 2024. 

The conference should also help secure a step-change in support for proven prevention solutions and reset collective ambitions to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development target for every child to live free from violence. 

Possible outcomes will include:

  • Revitalizing country commitments for ending violence against children (building on the existing efforts through INSPIRE and ‘Pathfinding’)
  • Announcing a new/renewed collective country-led initiative to end violence against children
  • Launching a first-ever child/youth-led, movement dedicated to preventing child violence 
  • Adopting an inter-governmentally negotiated Political Declaration
  • Hosting additional inclusive convenings on pressing issues relating to ending violence against children



The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) takes place on 13 and 14 December 2023 in Valencia, Spain. The theme is preventing the trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation and other kinds of exploitation.
Interested in attending? Participation in the conference is free of charge, the working language of the conference is English. The deadline for registration is 15 November 2023!


Registration and programme




New AIC research explores the support needs of victim-survivors of sexual exploitation in Australia


Link to:  Sexual exploitation in Australia: Victim-survivor support needs and barriers to support provision

The research, conducted in partnership with Project Respect and Australian Red Cross, analysed data collected for 50 female-identifying victim-survivors of sexual exploitation. It found:

  • The primary support needs of victim-survivors were related to financial hardship, mental health, social and community engagement, housing and accommodation, legal issues, visa issues, employment and education, safety, physical health, and domestic and family violence.
  • Most victim-survivors had multiple co-occurring support needs, requiring support across (on average) six domains during their engagement with service providers.
  • There were numerous barriers to supporting the recovery of victim-survivors. These included victim-survivors’ visa and residency status, access to suitable and consistent accommodation, as well as internalised shame and fear of retribution from perpetrators.


Copyright © 2023 Australian Institute of Criminology, All rights reserved.

New AIC research explores victim-survivor views of alternative reporting options for sexual assault

Link to: Alternative reporting options for sexual assault: Perspectives of victim-survivors

Qualitative research by researchers from RMIT University and the University of Wollongong exploring the use of alternative reporting options for sexual assault has shown:

  • Victim-survivors may prefer alternative options to reporting because of fear or intimidation associated with formal reporting, to regain power and control, to document their experiences, to protect the community, and to gain access to support services.
  • Both victim-survivors and support workers expressed concern over the lack of follow-up once a report had been made.
  • Alternative reporting processes were often seen as an alternative means of holding perpetrators accountable, outside of the formal justice process, rather than as a pathway to police reporting.
  • Copyright © 2023 Australian Institute of Criminology, All rights reserved.

Webinar - Tackling Serious and Organised Crime

Tuesday, November 21st 2023

Public Policy Exchange will be hosting a webinar on Tackling Serious and Organised Crime: Keeping Pace with an Escalating Challenge which will take place on Tuesday, November 21st 2023 between 9:30 AM — 1:00 PM.


To register for this briefing, please click here

European Crime Prevention Conference 2024

Call for abstracts

The European Crime Prevention Conference is a biennial conference organised by the Secretariat of the EUCPN and funded by the European Commission. The Conference offers a forum to share knowledge and experiences regarding crime prevention across the European Union. It welcomes policymakers, practitioners and academics, but maintains a consistent focus on the frontline. The next edition will take place on 17 and 18 April 2024 in Tallinn, Estonia. 

The European Crime Prevention Conference is seeking contributions on effective prevention strategies for organised crime. Our primary focus area is the prevention of the recruitment of young people into organised crime as well as the administrative approach to tackle serious and organised crime. Contributions should address the design and implementation of effective prevention initiatives (projects, programmes) from a practitioners’ point of view, including the challenges faced and results achieved. We are also interested in contributions that explore the necessary conditions (e.g. policy frameworks, stakeholder involvement) for the evidence-based prevention of organised crime, as well as in contributions that present new research insights and in particular their implications for the prevention of organised crime.

Abstracts for oral presentations can be submitted by filling in the template before 15 December 2023. The presentation language is English. We can host a limited number of presenters; abstracts will be considered on a rolling basis. Accepted presenters will be notified at the latest on 31 January 2024, and will have their travel costs reimbursed.

MCDDA's webinar: Recommendations for prevention of infectios disease among people who use drugs: Updated ECDC–EMCDDA

EMCDDA webinar:


In conversation with:

  1. Matthew Southwell, European Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD) 
  2. Katri Abel-Ollo, Estonian national focal point, National Institute for Health Development
  3. Alex Baldacchino, Chair, World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Addiction Psychiatry Section, and Immediate Past President and Distinguished Fellow, International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM)

Chairpersons: Anne Bergenström (EMCDDA) and Janelle Sandberg (ECDC)

Opening and closing remarks: Alexis Goosdeel, EMCDDA Director

Format: EMCDDA opening remarks, panellists’ questions, guided discussion, Q&A.