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Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse in focus

Institutional Child Sexual Abuse in Australia

With the commencement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the Australian Institute of criminology has prepared a focus page on research relating to child sex abuse.

The Royal Commission will inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. It will investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions.

These AIC papers variously discuss the methodologies of perpetrators; the impact on sex abuse victims; risk assessment; effects of alcohol and drugs on offenders, and more general ethical issues.

Events & resources


Latest events include:

14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect - Presentations now available

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29 March to 1 April 2015, Auckland, New Zealand

This conference was a unique opportunity to engage researchers, policy makers, practitioners and others from New Zealand, Australia and internationally.

The conference focused on:

  • Considering how to respond cross-sectorally and collaboratively to best prevent and address the complexity of child abuse and neglect.
  • An opportunity to exchange ideas, practices, knowledge and expertise and develop a shared understanding between those of different professional backgrounds, cultures and locations.

Media release: ACCAN 2015 conference to examine child abuse prevention & intervention

Previous events:

13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
10-13 November 2013, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Truth, testimony, relevance: improving the quality of evidence in sexual offence cases
15 May 2012, Melbourne


Other child abuse and sexual assault reports and publications


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