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RMIT to host social service institute

RMIT is hosting a new research and teaching institute that puts Victoria in the box seat ahead of significant change in the delivery of social service.

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It takes a village: law reform can’t be the only response to online child abuse material

The Victorian government introduced legislation this week to deliver on key changes recommended by an in-depth review of the state’s sexual offences. Among the changes is the replacement of the term “child pornography” with “child abuse material”. This shift in terminology is particularly welcome. What’s in a name? It might appear a small change to […]

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Grant awarded to assist premier research duo

Two of the world’s leading child support researchers have been awarded a grant to assist their international collaboration.

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Turnbull should help the states switch stamp duty for land tax

It makes sense for the federal government to grease the wheels of federal-state tax reform.

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Cyber justice: how technology is supporting victim-survivors of rape

We tend to think of “justice” as meaning having one’s day in court – and that justice is done when the perpetrator is convicted and punished. But for many victim-survivors of sexual violence, that day may never come. While one in five Australian women and one in 22 men will experience sexual violence in their […]

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ARC success to examine flexible childcare arrangements

Dr Kay Cook from RMIT and Dr Michelle Brady have succeeded in obtaining Australian Research Council funding to examine childcare arrangements in Australian families.

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Gender equality in the workplace can prevent violence against women

The biggest barriers for workplace programs which are aimed at preventing violence against women are sexism and discrimination.

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Will house prices ‘collapse’ if negative gearing is changed?

The results of changing negative gearing are not as straight-forward as the government suggests.

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Ending ‘revenge porn’: how can we stop sexual images being used to abuse?

A Senate inquiry into “revenge porn” is due to report next week. This will put this important social and legal issue back on the news and policy reform agenda. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee defines “revenge porn” as involving: … sharing private sexual images and recordings of a person without their consent, with […]

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Violence against women: does technology do more harm than good?

Federal MP Tim Watts spoke in parliament on Monday about the ways in which new technologies are being used to stalk, intimidate, threaten and harass women. This abuse, he suggests, often happens in domestic violence situations. It is also happening in new ways, such as via “revenge pornography”, to which our current laws are unable […]

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FactCheck Q&A: is domestic violence in Australia on the decline?

Are domestic violence figures actually on the decline? FactCheck investigate.

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Researching the value of sponsoring a child

RMIT is working in collaboration with World Vision International to evaluate the impacts of their child sponsorship programs.

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Japan offers us many lessons in embracing longevity

Japan is famous for the longevity of its citizens. A quarter of its population is older than 65. That is a proportion that Australia is likely to reach only by 2056. Japan’s experience makes it an interesting example to learn from in the area of aged care. In 2000, following a decade of stagnant growth, […]

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Choosing appropriate designs and methods for impact evaluation

Researchers from RMIT’s Centre for Applied Social Research and ARTD Consulting have authored a report that will make evaluating the impact of investment in industry and innovation much clearer.

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Member highlight: Professor Guy Johnson

Australia's first Professor of Homelessness and leader of the UNISON Housing Research Program, Guy Johnson has been involved in the area of homelessness for two decades, initially as a practitioner and more recently as a researcher. He currently is the Coordinator of CASR's Urban Homelessness and Housing Research Program.

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PhD partnership to explore community sector

Liz Hudson has been awarded the inaugural RMIT-VCOSS PhD scholarship, enabling her to examine the experiences of people with episodic disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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Online abuse affects 3 in 5 Australians: study

Three in five Australians have been the target of online harassment and abuse, landmark RMIT University research has revealed.

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My partner used child pornography

When Natasha’s husband arrived home flanked by two police officers, her life was thrown into turmoil. That was the moment she learned that her partner possessed child pornography. Natalie Walker is the founder of PartnerSPEAK, a support group for the family members of those who use child exploitation material. Despite having no funding, it has […]

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Study finds 1.4 million Australians have slept rough

A staggering one in 10 Australians have been forced to sleep rough at some stage in their lives, with research by RMIT University revealing the true plight of the homeless.

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How can we stem the tide of online harassment and abuse?

Women and men are just as likely to report experiencing any form of digital harassment and abuse.

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Young Australians’ views on domestic violence are cause for concern – but also hope

A report on young Australians' attitudes towards violence against women highlights some worrying trends. But it's not all bad news.

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What’s in a name? Online child abuse material is not ‘pornography’

The continued use by politicians and the media of the term “child pornography” minimises the offence's seriousness. They are online child abuse material.

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Australians less likely to survive home ownership than Britons

Financial stress is more likely to cause Australians to drop out of home ownership. Why?

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New partnership to explore critical social issues in Victoria

A recently-launched partnership between RMIT University and VCOSS will focus on promoting research into the causes and impacts of poverty and disadvantage in Victoria.

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