February 2021

Griffith Youth Forensic Service in partnership with Griffith Criminology Institute’s Violence Research and Prevention Program together with our team of leading researchers and experienced project partners are delighted to announce our recent Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) grant success.

Adverse childhood experiences and the intergenerational transmission of domestic and family violence in young people who engage in harmful sexual behaviour and violence against women

The project examines the nature and extent of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including domestic family violence (DFV), for male youth who have perpetrated harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) and sexual violence against women and children. Deepening the understanding of how exposure to ACEs and DFV may influence later engagement in HSB and sexual violence will inform ongoing prevention and intervention efforts within the policy and service sectors.

July 2019

Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ANZATSA) 9th Biennial Conference 24-26 July 2019

Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse, in partnership with Griffith Criminology Institute, hosted the 2019 Biennial international research, theory and practice conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

December 2018

Congratulations to our Senior Clinician Dr James Ogilvie on the successful completion of his PhD studies. Well done Dr Ogilvie.

September 2018

National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) 28th Annual International Conference in Glasglow, Scotland. Supporting Professionals to Prevent Sexual Abuse.

GYFS Clinicians Dr Eleanor Woodford and Mr Benjamin Evans presented on 'Predictors of poor treatment engagement in adolescent males adjudicated for harmful sexual behaviour: an Australian treatment perspective' and 'The clinical model of the Griffith Youth Forensic Service: Delivering specialist forensic assessment and treatment to young people who have engaged in harmful sexual abuse Queensland, Australia'.

August 2018

Dr Danielle Arlanda Harris launched her book 'Desistance from Sexual Offending: Narratives of Retirement, Regulation and Recovery' on Thursday 23rd of August at South Bank campus. This event was a highlight of the Sexual Violence Prevention Week at Griffith University, Safe Campuses - It's On All of Us.

April 2018

April 2018 Griffith Youth Forensic Service marks 17 years of providing treatment services to young people and their families throughout Queensland. GYFS continues to operate a field-based multisystemic, collaborative practice model, designed to enable equitable access to high-quality services for young people regardless of location. This has been made possible by continuous funding and collaborative partnership between Queensland Government (Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women) and Griffith University.

January 2018

This year we welcomed Dr Danielle Arlanda Harris to the team. Danielle has been appointed to GYFS as our Deputy Director of Research.

January 2018

After 16 years service to Griffith University both as the Clinical Manager of the Griffith Youth Forensic Service and Project Leader of the GYFS Neighbourhoods Project, we farewelled Sue Rayment-McHugh. We thank Sue for her dedication and commitment to young people, their communities and our service. We wish her well as she pursues an academic career and look forward to working with her in a collaborative manner.

December 2017

Innovative International Responses to Sexual Offending 4 & 5 December 2017. Two Day Event - Colloquium and Roundtable. Hosted by Griffith Youth Forensic Service and Griffith Criminology Institute.

December 4th was a public colloquium that provides an opportunity for our local researchers, practitioners, clinicians, students, policy makers, and stakeholders to learn from the cutting edge work that our international colleagues are engaging in. The program included a keynote address by Dr Jill Levenson (School of Social Work, Barry University, Florida) entitled, “Reconstructing sex offending treatment programs through trauma-informed practice.” Dr Levenson is an internationally recognised expert in trauma-informed care with clients who have sexually offended.

December 5th a working round table (by invitation) to allow the speakers from the previous day, as well as invited local stakeholders and researchers, the chance to brainstorm and develop strategies to best address the emerging issues facing the field of research on sexual offending.

November 2017

November 29 - December 01 2017, the GYFS team attended the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ANZATSA) 8th Biennial International research, theory and practice conference in Auckland New Zealand. Our Dr Danielle Shumack together with Sharon Kelly form the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Youth Justice)  Policy, Programs and Practice Support presented at the conference.

July 2017

July 27th & 28th the ANZATSA (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse) Managers Roundtable was held at Griffith University, South Bank campus. Co-hosted by Griffith Youth Forensic Service, Mater Child and Youth Counselling Service and Complex Case Advice and Practice Support (Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services).

December 2016

On the 8th of December 2016 we farewelled Professor Stephen Smallbone when he presented his valedictory seminar. Around 60 colleagues and collaborative partners attended to hear him distill his 27 year career with a presentation titled; "Human nature, human socialisation, and criminal situations: A complete theory of nearly everything".

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