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Innovative Responses to Sexual Offending

The report discusses innovative justice responses to sexual offending. In particular, it provides a blueprint for governments and legal systems to explore the establishment of restorative justice approaches which can better meet the needs of victims of sexual offences.

The report primarily focuses on:

  • Restorative justice conferencing, where the victim and offender come together in a structured, mediated encounter to repair, to the extent possible, the harm caused by the offending
  • Therapeutic justice initiatives such as specialist sex offender courts, post-sentence, problem-solving courts and pre-release courts, and circles of support and accountability
  • Restorative and therapeutic approaches in the civil and crimes compensation jurisdictions.

The report is informed by national and international research, and also by key stakeholder input. The CIJ consulted with critical stakeholders, including victims’ services such as SECASA, judges from the County Court and the Court of Appeal, prosecutors, defence counsel, and a number of other services. The CIJ also consulted with Government agencies in NSW and the ACT, and Government and service providers in New Zealand. Accordingly this rigorous consultation process informs the recommendations.

Key People

Innovative Responses to Sexual Offending

Ruth Barson

Project Leader and Report Author

Innovative Responses to Sexual Offending

Mary Polis

Manager, Policy and Research

Elena Campbell

Elena Campbell

Associate Director of Research, Advocacy & Policy

Elena is a lawyer, speechwriter and former political staffer who has worked in legal and social policy for over 20 years. Elena’s expertise includes therapeutic justice, women’s decarceration, equal opportunity and human rights, as well as the prevention and elimination of violence against women and children.

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