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2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards

Nominations now open for crime prevention awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards. The awards recognise and reward good practice in the prevention and reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Australian Institute of Criminology Director, Mr Michael Phelan said the awards are open to programs and projects of all sizes.

“We are looking for Australia’s most successful crime and violence prevention programs. We want to highlight the vital role community-based initiatives play in preventing crime and violence across the country and inspire other organisations to do the same,” Mr Phelan said.

“I strongly encourage law enforcement, government, community groups and members of the public to nominate their own or other programs that have made a positive impact on their community,” Mr Phelan said.

“These awards serve both to encourage public initiatives and assist the Government to identify and develop practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime.

“Last year, 11 programs were recognised as winners for their outstanding contributions to their local communities.

“Uncovering and rewarding these projects appropriately is an important part of the Australian Institute of Criminology’s work. The Institute also promotes justice and reduces crime by conducting and sharing evidence-based research to inform policy and practice,” Mr Phelan said.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian and state and territory governments and are coordinated and hosted by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Nominations close 12 June 2018. To apply for this year’s awards, visit  

Geographic Profiling Analysis training course, July 2018

Monday 16th - Friday 27th July 2018 (this course is held only once per year), at the Jill Dando Institute, UCL

“This has been one of the best courses I’ve attended. It has really put the application of theory into practice and cemented pre-existing knowledge. I think it will be very important discipline to have in forces and look forward to getting my hands dirty on some real cases. Brilliant stuff” Police Senior Intelligence Analyst


Geographic profiling is an investigative technique that uses the locations of a connected series of crime to work out where an offender most likely lives, or bases their criminal activities.  Its application has been significant in supporting investigations of a number of major crime series and its utility is increasing for volume crime investigation (including arson, robbery, burglary, criminal damage, fuel theft, metal theft, and theft from the person).  The principles of geographic profiling have also been applied to non-serial crime investigations.

The UCL JDI offer the only certified Geographic Profiling Analyst training programme outside of North America.  The course is designed to give analysts and researchers the background and skills required to develop and to interpret geographic profiles correctly, and to make actionable recommendations (i.e., when certified, analysts are ‘licensed’ to conduct geographic profiles).  Course tutors are Spencer Chainey (certified geographic profiling analyst) and Colin Johnson (Professional Geographic Profiler, formerly of the National Crime Agency).

Webinar: Letís Talk About Sexual Health to Support Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention



MAY 30, 2018

This web conference will explore how conversations about sexuality and pornography can support, advance, and strengthen sexual and domestic violence prevention.


Register for Webinar: Responding to the 2018 Second Chance Act Adult Reentry and Employment Solicitation

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance


Date: Wednesday, May 23
Time: 2–3 p.m. ET


In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center will review the new grant program on adult reentry and employment. BJA will award planning grants of $200,000 to as many as six applicants to develop strategic plans that are comprehensive, collaborative, and multi-systemic in their approach to increasing public safety by reducing recidivism and improving the employability of people returning to communities after incarceration.

State correctional agencies, state administrative agencies (SAAs), and federally recognized Native American tribes are eligible to apply for funding as lead applicants; partnerships with community correctional agencies, workforce development agencies, and other entities are encouraged.

Speakers on the webinar will discuss

  • The goals of the grant program;
  • Required components and deliverables of the grant program;
  • Tips for writing a successful grant application; and
  • Opportunities for awardees to compete for two-year implementation grants of up to $1,000,000 each.


  • Andre Bethea, Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Sherri Moses, Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Erica Nelson, Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments Justice Center


For more information about best practices in integrating corrections and workforce development, please see Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness and The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies Pilot Program: Four Questions Communities Should Consider When Implementing a Collaborative Approach

Visit this page on the National Reentry Resource Center's website to see more funding opportunities.  

AIC: New research on justice reinvestment, child maltreatment and intoxication




Last week, the Australian Institute of Criminology released three new publications, which are available now on the AIC website.

Research Report

Trends & Issues Paper

For the latest crime and justice facts and figures, visit Crime Statistics Australia.





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