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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 the Urban Housing and Homelessness 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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The real reasons negative gearing on housing should be phased out

There are well-rehearsed arguments both for and against removing negative gearing from property.

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No means no: how resistance training for women can stop (some) rape

A Canadian study has found that university women participating in a rape-prevention program involving "resistance training" were significantly less likely to be sexually assaulted in the next year.

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The facts on Australian housing affordability

Housing affordability, high house prices and rents are attracting plenty of media attention right now.

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Everyday rape: let’s turn the spotlight on known perpetrators

Australia is at a critical juncture of increasing awareness and understanding of men’s violence against women. But one important type of sexual violence is often overlooked: acquaintance rape.

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Spotlight on gender and trauma

RMIT’s Dr Kathryn Daley shares her research on the role of gender in how people respond to trauma at a Corrections Victoria panel today.

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Women’s personal experiences of violence should indeed incite Fury

Women sharing their accounts of violence against them, and its aftermath, can be powerful.

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Report reveals poor attitudes to violence against women

Australian attitudes to violence against women remain a serious issue and are indicative of institutionalised sexism, a report has found.

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Rape culture: why our community attitudes to sexual violence matter

Results from the National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women (NCAS) 2013 Survey have been released today by VicHealth, and there is reason to be concerned.

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Home help

Guy Johnson was only 24 and fresh out of university when he walked into his first boarding house to scenes that would change him forever.

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