The project ‘Evidence-Informed Youth Sexual Violence Prevention’ has received funding of $2,278,182 over 3 years from a 2013-14 Indigenous Justice Program grant.

The project is led by Professor Stephen Smallbone and Ms Susan Rayment-McHugh and includes Griffith researchers Dr Troy Allard, Professor Ross Homel, Ms Dimity Smith and Professor Anna Stewart, as well as Lucy Faithful Foundation researcher Donald Findlater, and University College London researchers Professor Nick Tilley and Professor Richard Wortley.

The project also involves agencies from local, state, and federal government.

It aims to implement and evaluate a suite of interventions designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of youth-perpetrated sexual violence and abuse at two sites in north Queensland.

Beyond its local effects, the project aims to generate new knowledge about youth-perpetrated sexual violence and abuse and its causes, contribute to the evidence base on ‘what works to prevent crime’, and facilitate the transfer of this knowledge and expertise to other sites in Australia and internationally.