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Newest AIC publication: Misconceptions of sexual crimes against adult victims: Barriers to justice (Nov 2020)

Tidmarsh, Patrick; Hamilton, Gemma


Published Date: 12-11-2020

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice - 611


Despite the prevalence of sexual offending in our communities, there is a lack of understanding about the nature and dynamics of sexual crimes. Myths and misconceptions about sexual offending are common and may contribute to the high attrition rates of sexual offence cases throughout the criminal justice system. This study synthesises over 40 years of research evidence to present an accurate and updated picture of sexual offending. With specialist knowledge, we can improve criminal justice responses and outcomes for victims of sexual crime.

Newest AIC publication: Mobile dating applications and sexual and violent offending

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Series: Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice - 612


In the last few years, a number of high-profile cases of sexual and violent offending have been committed after the offender and victim met through a mobile dating application (dating app). Subsequent media and popular rhetoric have positioned dating app sexual and violent offending as a major safety concern.

A literature review was conducted to determine the prevalence of dating app violence, the design features of dating apps that create and prevent opportunities for violence to occur, and the prevention strategies used by individual users and app designers. Results suggest that dating app users are at greater risk of sexual and violent victimisation than non-users. Dating app features designed to promote safety and connectedness paradoxically place users at risk of victimisation. Although some dating apps feature innovative safety mechanisms, most place the onus on users to protect themselves against victimisation.

More research is needed to inform prevention and intervention efforts.

REstART Festival

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) organises the online REstART Festival (30 November - 5 December 2020) bringing together arts, research and practice with the aim of offering a forum to discuss justice, solidarity and repair in today’s societies

REstART is a festival that aims at creating a collective reflection on justice, solidarity and repair in today’s Europe in the aftermath of personal and societal trauma, conflict, and harm. The Festival is firmly anchored in the values and methods of restorative justice which aim at connecting people and restoring just relations. Attention will be given to restorative justice responses to societal level conflicts originated and violence escalated during crisis situations, with the aim of giving a voice to the suffering and harm experienced in this period and to “restart” to connect with people.
To encourage reflections and animate the debate, the EFRJ invited artists, activists and restorative justice professionals to propose a performance or exhibition that reflected the concept of the festival and aimed to create a reflection on the themes proposed. Join us between 30 November and 5 December!

Education for Justice (E4J) Global Dialogue Series

The Education for Justice (E4J) Global Dialogue Series taking place from 1 – 4 December 2020.

  • Following the success of the 2019 E4J International High-Level Conference and inspired by the vast array of innovative approaches from around the world to ensure that #LearningNeverStops, UNESCO and UNODC will host from 1-4 December 2020 the E4J Global Dialogue Series, consisting of online discussions on the topics of education for the rule of law, youth voice and the role of schools and higher education institutions in contributing to the SDGs, in particular SDG16. The discussions will focus on and target primary, secondary and tertiary education levels, with a particular emphasis on how the international education community needs to respond to the growing challenges that education is currently facing.

    More than 30 online interactive discussions will also provide an avenue to discuss the future of education on issues related to justice, the rule of law, SDGs and social cohesion, from the perspective of the numerous international and distinguished partners, educators and academics that cooperate with E4J, as well as youth representatives and other beneficiaries.

    Please visit our webpage to learn more about the E4J Global Dialogue Series and register for the various sessions.

Register now to Juveniles and young adult offenders in prison and probation Workshop – Online


Registration is still open to the upcoming workshop on Juveniles and Young Adult Offenders, taking place online on 1-2 December.

During the two half-day sessions, European experts will be sharing their perspectives on issues like treatment programs for young adult offenders, small scale detention facilities, psychosocial maturity, (digital) education and also include an interview with a young ex-offender.

The workshop is only open for European public sector representatives, academics and NGOs.

For registration, please visit our website

Register for “Delinquency, Victimization, and the Developing Brain: Results from the ABCD-Social Development Study.”


The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development – Social Development Study (ABCD-SD) is a longitudinal study on the relationship between the developing brain and delinquency and victimization.

Supplementing ABCD brain and cognitive development measures, ABCD-SD protocol measures a wide array of delinquency- and victimization-related risks, protective factors and outcomes. These presentations will describe early adolescent findings from ABCD-SD on delinquency and victimization.

Presentations include:

1. Early Adolescent Delinquency and Victimization from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study

2. The Social Development Study: Initial Findings

3. A Neurodevelopmental Approach to Understanding the Emergence and Persistence of Delinquency Behaviors

The webinar will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 pm ET. Register to attend, and/or get notified when the transcript and recording are available.





WHO Social Determinants of Health Webinar No. 2: “COVID-19, social determinants and violence”

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

16h00 - 17h00 CET



16h00-16h05: Welcome & introductions: Dr Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director General,

WHO Healthier Populations Division

16h05-16h15: Dr Mark Bellis, Bangor University

16h15-16h25: Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, Girls Not Brides

16h25-16h35: Dr Manuel Eisner, Cambridge University

16h35-16h55: Q & A

16h55-17h00: Closure & thanks: Dr Etienne Krug, Director, WHO Department of Social

Determinants of Health


The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our world and exacerbated inequalities in many countries and communities. One of the consequences of COVID-19 and the societal responses to the virus has been an increase in some types of violence. This includes child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and elder abuse. In addition to the immediate harms, these acts of violence will have pernicious, lifelong health effects on those affected and risk undermining their potential and ultimately impede social and economic development.

It is known that far from being randomly distributed, all forms of violence are strongly patterned by social determinants such as economic, social and gender inequalities; lack of ccupational and educational opportunities; ease of access to alcohol, drugs and firearms; family dysfunction; and norms and values that shape the acceptability of violence. In turn, high levels of violence can themselves amplify these social determinants in a vicious circle.

This webinar will explore how violence is a significant contributor to human suffering and how the societal responses to COVID-19 such as stay-at-home measures, workplace and school closures, and restrictions on sales of alcohol highlight the interrelationships between social determinants and violence. These complex interrelationships will be explored and their implications unpacked to suggest likely future trends in the prevalence of violence and its prevention.


Webinar: Migration to Europe: Converging Crimes / Diverging Policies?


3 December 2020 – 16:30 – 18:00 CET

Transcrime – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


The possible convergence of multiple transnational crimes insisting on the same areas, victims, routes, together with their displacement toward more fragile contexts, may pose severe threats to the lives of migrants and refugees as well as to the security of the European Union. Current and future European policies on migration are key in this respect, as they can reduce criminal opportunities and, in turn, risks for individuals and societies.

Starting from the latest findings of Transcrime’s project on crime convergence, Flows (funded by PMI Impact), the webinar moves to the analysis of the current situation in North Africa and the Mediterranean Sea considering what the present trends of migration to Europe are. This will provide a unique opportunity to discuss the current state of European migration policies and the remedies needed to tackle related issues with renowned participants from European and International institutions. A reflection on these topics is particularly timely, given the constant evolution of migration flows toward Europe and the growing need for a balanced and sustainable policy reform.


Ernesto Savona, Director, Transcrime – Università Cattolica

Laura Ferrara, Member of the European Parliament (LIBE Committee)

Alberto Aziani, Senior Researcher, Transcrime - Università Cattolica

Maysa Ayoub, AD of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, American University in Cairo

Giovanni Cioffi, Policy Officer, European Commission (DG Migration and Home Affairs)

Fabrizio Sarrica, Research Expert, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Luigi Achilli, Marie Curie Fellow, European University Institute


The CSG Justice Center: Report "Releasing People Pretrial Doesn’t Harm Public Safety"

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local officials have been exploring opportunities to lower their jail populations—including sending people home while they await trial, known as pretrial reform. The Prison Policy Initiative studied 13 jurisdictions to examine the effects of these reforms, including a notable lack of corresponding crime.

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EU: Inclusion for all: Commission presents action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027

Press release - 24 November 2020 - Brussels

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WHO: Seven strategies for ending violence against children training series introductory webinar

When: Dec 11, 2020 15:30 – 17:00 Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna


Topic: INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children training series introductory webinar

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Proceedings will start punctually at 15h30 and the Zoom link will be open as of 15h15 to enable everyone to get online in time.

Speakers include: Susan Hillis (US CDC), Lucie Cluver (Universities of Oxford and Cape Town), Mark Canavera (CPC) and Alexander Butchart (WHO).

The webinar will be moderated by Mark Canavera (CPC)..

Please see the attached abstract for more information.

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