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PhD Scholarships on offer in Urban Homelessness and Housing Program

CASR and Unison Housing, Victoria's largest social housing provider join forces to explore community, public, affordable and transitional housing.

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Homeless on the Streets: Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Invisible homeless people on our streets are the symptom of a much larger and hidden homelessness problem

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Where did the Lucky Country Go? Homelessness and Housing Affordability

Guy Johnson, CASR’s Housing and Homelessness Research Program Lead reflects on the housing crisis gripping Australia

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Dr Anastasia Powell presents on a new framework for crime and justice in digital society

Dr Anastasia Powell who is one of the Lead Researcher’s in the Gendered Violence & Inequality Research Program and also works across the Law, Justice and Social Policy Research Program, recently participated in a meeting of the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime (IIRCC). The consortium was held at the International Institute for the Sociology […]

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Introducing Doctoral Candidate: Elinor Assoulin

Forging new ways to understand identity through the integration of Indigenous knowledge systems and Art Yarning

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How resilience can break the link between a ‘bad’ childhood and the youth justice system

Most young people in the youth justice system have been found to come from “troubled” backgrounds. However, many people with similar backgrounds don’t ever end up in youth justice services. Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and […]

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Change the story: how the world’s first national framework can help prevent violence against women

In Australia, one woman is killed almost every week by a current or former partner. By now, these horrifying murders are all too familiar. But they are just a small part of the bigger story. Hundreds of thousands more women are physically and psychologically harmed by men’s violence, threats and controlling behaviour. Many suffer long-term […]

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Four Corners: can the NDIS prevent abuse of people with disability?

We know predators will continue to target the vulnerable, including children and people with disability. The NDIS will mitigate some of the issues in this space, but we need a royal commission too.

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Meet Colette Einfeld: Doctoral candidate exploring ‘nudge policy’

Colette Einfeld’s PhD aims to capture the development, implementation and evaluation of a ‘nudge’ policy, with a focus on understanding the processes and best practice of nudge policy development.

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Not everyone wins from the bank of mum and dad

Those whose parents own a home are able to take advantage of a wider set of opportunities than others.

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FactCheck Q&A: are there laws to protect against ‘revenge porn’ in Australia?

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day, an all-female panel of guests on ABC TV’s Q&A program discussed issues ranging from sexual assault and domestic violence to “revenge porn”, where a nude or explicit image is shared without consent. Let’s check the facts.

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New approach to address increasing rates of homelessness

A new partnership between Yarra Community Housing and RMIT will combine academic research and street smarts to improve the lives of the more than 650,000 Australians facing housing issues.

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Victoria invests in social service change

The Victorian Government is investing in the future of social services, with new funding to support a leading research and teaching institute at RMIT University.

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Can the private rental sector provide a secure, affordable housing solution?

The need for new housing solutions for these low-income groups is clearly a pressing requirement.

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Media successes celebrated

Online gaming research and commentary on terrorism and US politics have proven to be winners at RMIT’s annual Media Star of the Year awards.

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Alliance formed to address gendered violence and abuse

A new alliance has been formed to apply research to policy, prevention and practice in the area of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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The conversation we need to have: Victoria has made progress on tackling domestic violence, but there is still much to be done

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence has sparked an important national debate, but that needs to be backed up by work that responds to violence in the community, and a strategy to stop it before it starts.

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‘Be careful posting images online’ is just another form of modern-day victim-blaming

The revelations this week of yet another vile website where men and boys trade in the non-consensual images of women and girls has police and many in the broader Australian public concerned about these harassing behaviours. Yet some of the media and public discussions of these image-sharing websites and forums also show a disturbing similarity […]

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Cutting to numb the pain of sex abuse: interviews with young women in drug treatment

I conducted interviews with 26 young women in alcohol and drug treatment services in Victoria. More than half of them disclosed a history of sexual abuse and 20 spoke about cutting themselves.

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Let’s talk about the family home … and its exemption from the pension means test

The current system is causing inefficiencies in housing markets, but governments seem unwilling to act.

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Understanding the NDIS: how does the scheme work and am I eligible for funding?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has been heralded as the most significant reform since Medicare. So what is it again, how will it work and how can you apply to get funding?

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Understanding the NDIS: a history of disability welfare from ‘deserving poor’ to consumers in control

Society hasn't always seen people with disabilities as having the same rights at everyone else. So how did we get to the NDIS, which offers people with disabilities with choice and control?

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How the desire for masculinity might drive some disadvantaged young men to substance abuse

Awareness of social factors, such as society's perpetuation of masculinity, are critical to understanding the interconnections between trauma, disadvantage and substance abuse in young men.

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