This report discusses innovative justice responses to sexual offending.
Released May 2014
Federal Attorney General’s Department
The report discusses innovative justice responses to sexual offending – responses which can exist alongside, or independent of, the adversarial criminal justice system. 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 a range of 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.
- Ruth Barson, Project Leader and Report Author
- Mary Polis, Manager, Policy and Research
- Elena Campbell, Report Editor and Contributor