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Victims Services, NSW Department of Justice, recognises the importance of evidence-based policy development and service delivery for victims of crime in New South Wales. Research and evaluation provide evidence, ideas and knowledge and new perspectives that are vital for developing and applying innovative policies and processes. The body of evidence, particularly in an Australian context, of what works best for victims of crime is limited. The Victims of Crime Research Agenda aims to stimulate new, high quality research, which directly supports service provision for victims of crime in New South Wales. The Research Agenda will enable a more systematic undertaking and use of research to produce findings that are useful at both policy and operational levels.
Victims Services is interested in research findings that can inform and support policy development, program design and service delivery. To this end, the priorities identified in the Research Agenda should guide researchers towards applied research, rather than pure research. This will assist Victims Services to draw more readily upon research findings, integrate these into policy development and make a positive difference to supporting victims of crime.
The Research Agenda highlights areas and issues where research is likely to be required but it is not intended to be entirely specific or prescriptive.
The following have been identified as high priority research areas:
In addition, other identified areas for research are:
For the period 2011-2012 research priority areas will be:
Role of Victims Services
Victims Services will support the Research Agenda through:
For more information read the
Victims of Crime Research Agenda (PDF 21Kb)