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
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.
Chair: Dr Stefan Luebbers
- Cutajar, M.C., Mullen, P.E., Ogloff, J.R.P., et al. (2010). Psychopathology in a large cohort of sexually abused children followed up to 43 years. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34, 813-822.
- De Bortoli L & Dolan M (2014) Decision-making in social work with families and children: developing decision-aids compatible with cognition, British Journal of Social Work, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu087
- Short, T, Thomas, S.D.M., Luebbers, S., Mullen, P.E., & Ogloff, J.R.P. (2013). A case-linkage study of crime victimisation in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders over a period of deinstitutionalisation. BMC Psychiatry, 13, 66-74.
- Cutajar, M.C., Mullen, P.E., Ogloff, J.R.P., et al. (2010). Suicide and fatal drug overdose in child sexual abuse victims. Medical Journal of Australia, 192, 184-187.
- De Bortoli L, Coles J & Dolan M (2012) ‘Maternal infanticide in Australia: Mental disturbance during the postpartum period’ Psychiatry, Psychology and Law,20(2): 301-311.
- De Bortoli L, Coles J & Dolan M (2013) Parental substance misuse and compliance as factors determining child removal: A sample from the Victorian Children’s Court in Australia, Children and Youth Services Review, 35:1319-1326.
- Elliott, I., Thomas, S. D. M., Ogloff, J. R. P. (2014). Procedural justice in victim-police interactions and victims’ recovery from victimisation experience. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 24, 5, 588 -601, doi: 10.1080/10439463.2013.784309
- Elliott, I., Thomas, S. D. M, & Ogloff, J. R. P. (2012). Procedural justice in contacts with the police: The perspective of victims of crime. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 13, 437-449. doi: 10.1080/15614263.2011.607659