Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science

Victimisation and its effects

Research on the effect of being victimised addresses questions related to adverse outcomes and exposure to violence, abuse, neglect and other forms of maltreatment. Our research aims to improve the understanding of victimisation through the assessment of situations in which victimisation occurs. We aim enhance early intervention and prevention strategies, as well as treatment responses to victims of violence and other criminal offences.

Our research in this area focuses on:

  • Long-term effects of child sexual abuse and other forms of childhood maltreatment
  • Understanding the vulnerability to victimisation in people with mental disorder and disabilities
  • Developing and evaluating evidence-based assessment and interventions to reduce the rate of victimisation and the adverse sequalae of victimisation
  • Models and predictors of successful child protective intervention

We have strong partnerships with the Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service, Children’s Court Clinic, Victoria Police, and the Office of the Senior Practitioner.

Key projects in this area include:

  • data linkage studies involving the largest known sample of confirmed victims of child sexual abuse exploring the rates of mental illness, suicide, medical conditions, offending and victimisation
  • the nature and prevalence of victimisation in people with intellectual disability and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders
  • case file review of child protective matters over a period of 10 years to identify risk and protective factors
  • investigation of ways to intervene with those who have experienced victimisation to reduce adverse outcomes and foster recovery.

Future collaborative studies with the Department of Human Services are in the early stages of development.

Research staff

Chair: Dr Stefan Luebbers

Indicative publications