Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault
Your knowledge and information centre for reducing sexual violence
Sexual assault statistics
These infographics highlight some findings from the recent Australian Bureau of Statistics release of the 2012 Personal Safety Survey. For more information, head to our Facts & Figures page.
The National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children
The National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (NCE) has announced its way forward for 2014.
- Read AIFS Director Professor Alan Hayes' message about changes for ACSSA in 2014
- Read the update from the NCE (PDF) or update from the NCE (Word version)
- Read news from the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse on the NCE
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Australian Government has introduced legislation to amend the Royal Commissions Act 1902 to assist the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The amendments will allow one or more of the six Royal Commissioners to conduct hearings, where previously the Act only permitted hearings by all members of a multi-member Commission or a quorum.
The Bill will also enable the Commissioners to receive information from those affected by child abuse at less formal 'private sessions'.
For many, telling their stories of child sexual abuse will be very traumatic and these private sessions will mean that people affected by this crime can voluntarily participate in the Royal Commission in a less formal setting than a hearing.
- Victim/survivor-focused justice responses and reforms to criminal court practice: Implementation, current practice and future directions
This AIFS Research Report examines the implementation of reforms within the criminal justice system in Australia and their impact on victim/survivors of sexual assault.
The exception that proves the rule: Female sex offending and the gendered nature of sexual violence
This ACSSA Research Summary demonstrates that female sex offending, although a serious issue, makes up a very small percentage of all sex offences.
Acknowledging complexity in the impacts of sexual vicimtisation trauma
This ACSSA Issues provides an overview of 'complex trauma' caused by ongoing sexual abuse and discusses the implications for human services practice and policy, including trauma-informed services.
In an effort to support the work of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia we have collated resources and information for victim/survivors of child sexual abuse, practitioners/service providers and those interested in finding out more about support services.