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RESEARCH INTO EXPERIENCES OF EX-SERVING AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE (ADF) PERSONNEL IN CORRECTIVE SERVICES SYSTEMS IN AUSTRALIA

Custodial and Post Custodial

This study is investigating why veterans become involved in the Australian Criminal Justice System (CJS). This includes understanding the types of offences they have committed, their needs in the community and in prison. We investigate this through the exploration of veterans’ transition from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to civilian life to imprisonment. Our aim is to identify and understand the risk factors for veteran criminal offending in order to develop recommendations for the military and correctional services on strategies to enhance desistance from crime among that group. The study will take place in South Australia, Queensland and NSW.

CONTACT OPEN DOOR

GPO Box 2100, ADELAIDE 5000 SA

0447947880

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PARTICIPANTS WANTED

Information

Did you serve in the Australian Defence Force? We are interested in your experience of Prison and Post-Release

We are researching the prison and post-release experiences of ADF ex-service members. 

The study is led by an ex-ADF member. ADF ex-members are also part of advisory group. 

We would like to know whether correctional services are meeting the needs of ex-service members. 

Your views on that topic are extremely important and could help shape the types of support offered to ex-service members. 

We are not interested in the nature of your offences, we are interested in the support you have received in corrections.

 Your participation in the study would be entirely voluntary. And your custodial status would not change as a result of choosing to participate or not to participate.

You can remain anonymous.


The Study

This study will look at why ex-ADF members become involved in the Australian Criminal Justice System (CJS). We will look at the types of offences committed by members, as well as ex-members’ needs in prison and following their release. The study will take place in South Australia, Queensland and NSW.

The Approach

We will be conducting a survey and undertaking in-depth interviews with veterans who are currently involved in the corrective services system. 

Who Are We? 

The Open Door: Veteran Transition Integration Wellbeing Research Initiative sits within the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University. Open Door is an Australian research hub for international research on veterans and their families. 


The Team

Associate Professor Ben Wadham; Professor Mark Halsey; Dr Ann-Louise Hordacre; Dr Elaine Waddell; Cecilia Moretti; Professor Pauline Collins; and Dr Kellie Toole.

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