Evaluation of a collaborative operation to improve child sexual abuse reporting in Western Australian indigenous communities

Bailey, Cate, Mace, Glenn, Powell, Martine and Benson, Mairi 2015, Evaluation of a collaborative operation to improve child sexual abuse reporting in Western Australian indigenous communities, Criminal justice and behavior, vol. 42, no. 12, pp. 1303-1315, doi: 10.1177/0093854815603388.

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Title Evaluation of a collaborative operation to improve child sexual abuse reporting in Western Australian indigenous communities
Author(s) Bailey, CateORCID iD for Bailey, Cate orcid.org/0000-0001-5030-430X
Mace, Glenn
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Benson, Mairi
Journal name Criminal justice and behavior
Volume number 42
Issue number 12
Start page 1303
End page 1315
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 0093-8548
1552-3594
Keyword(s) child sexual abuse
aboriginal
indigenous
remote
community engagement initiative
intervention
Summary This study presents an evaluation of Operation RESET, a community engagement intervention designed to help remote Indigenous communities and human service agencies to uncover, respond to, and prevent child sexual abuse. The primary aim of this evaluation was to determine whether the intervention was associated with increased reporting. Data were obtained for six Western Australian regions between 2007 and 2012. Number of reports and arrests significantly increased in the intervention areas during the intervention compared with the pre-intervention time period but not in the control areas. Arrest rates significantly increased during the intervention and increased further following the intervention. There were no changes in arrest rates in regions that did not participate in the operation. This evidence suggests that the reforms led to a marked improvement in some key outcomes for Indigenous victims of child sexual abuse and supports the adoption of this collaborative approach by other jurisdictions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0093854815603388
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
1602 Criminology
1701 Psychology
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology
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