Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit

To understand, prevent and respond to this complex problem, to reduce the extent and impacts of these crimes.

Sexual violence and abuse is a global public health concern that seriously impacts individuals, families and whole communities. The Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit (SVRPU) seeks to understand, prevent and respond to sexual violence and abuse at a local, national and international level.

SVRPU works collaboratively and research generated actively contributes to theoretical and empirical knowledge to guide policy and practice. The unit looks to reduce victimisation and address perpetration through innovative and evidence-based knowledge and practice. Research is disseminated to industry professionals and to the broader community, bridging the gap between research and practice.

Our leadership

SVRPU's co-leaders bring extensive research and practice experience and specialist knowledge in the field of sexual violence and abuse, concentrating on the development, onset, and progression of these behaviours across the life course, and associated community and justice system responses.

Dr Nadine McKillop

Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh

Dr Larissa (Lara) Christensen

Our membership

Our members are national and international researchers, government and non-government industry and students with a shared interest in sexual violence and abuse prevention practice. Learn more and find out how to join.

Our research students

Learn more about study and research opportunities and the current research projects underway.

Our funding

SVRPU receives significant funding from external and internal sources to carry out this vital work.

Our publications

Research projects, publications and works authored by members of the SVRPU contributes to knowledge to understand, prevent and respond to sexual violence and abuse.

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