Australian Recidivism

Persistent sex offenders have a substantial impact on social policy and women’s feelings
of vulnerability, but little research on recidivism rates and the characteristics of sexual
offenders has been conducted in Australia. To fill this gap, this report reviews the
international literature on recidivism rates and risk factors that predict sexual, violent
and general reoffending. It then analyses Victorian police data on persons apprehended
for sexual assault of adults in 2001. Finally, the report provides an overview of sex
offender treatment programs offered through corrective services in Australian
jurisdictions and summarises literature that assesses the efficacy of sex offender treatment
Australia 2004 – Recidivism of SOs


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