Victims of Crime Research Fund 2012

In 2012 Victims Services invited applications for research proposals in relation to the following identified priority research areas:

  • Victims of crime and their participation in the court process
  • The impact of media reporting on victims of crime

Victims Services has selected three research proposals to be funded in the first year of the Victims of Crime Research Fund. The successful tenderers were:

1. The University of New South Wales
2. The Australian Institute of Criminology
3. Colmar Brunton Research

Victims of crime and their participation in the court process

  1. The University of New South Wales will assess the nature and extent of victims’ participation in court processes in NSW, examining victims’ expectations and experiences. The researchers will conduct a comprehensive review of the types of victim participation that exist in NSW courts and tribunals, and conduct a survey of victims and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders. This research project aims to identify ways in which victims participation in court processes can better meet the needs of victims and the justice system.

Contact: Dr Tyrone Kirchengast. Email:t.kirchengast@unsw.edu.au

Final Report: Participation of Victims of Crime in New South Wales Court Process

Executive summary

Summary information sheet

  1. The Australian Institute of Criminology will examine the experiences of young male victims of violent crime, particularly where there is thought to be a lack of available support services specifically targeted toward young males, or a low participation rate of young male victims where those support services do exist. It is expected that this research will provide policy makers and practitioners with the information needed to ensure adequate support specific to young male victims.

Contact Dr Rick Brown. Email: rick.brown@aic.gov.au

Final report Male victims of non-sexual and non-domestic violence: service needs and experiences in court

The impact of media reporting on victims of crime

  1. Colmar Brunton will conduct a program of qualitative research with stakeholder groups, including victims, their families, and journalists, in conjunction with a literature review and media content analysis, to investigate the impact of media reporting on victims of crime. The researchers will look at expectations and concerns, examine available support services, look at techniques to promote respectful reporting, and examine public expectations and perceptions of justice and media reporting. Contact: Steve Nuttall. Email: steve nuttall@cbr.com.au

Final report Media impact on victims of crime

Victims Services is looking forward to establishing valuable research partnerships with the research groups, and producing innovative ideas and new perspectives on the support services needed for victims of crime in New South Wales.

Research reports will be published on the Clearinghouse website when they are completed.