PRATO 2019, Working with Violence in Adults and Youth, 30 September – 2 October 2019, Prato, Italy

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Date(s) - 30/09/2019 - 02/10/2019
All Day

Monash University Prato Centre


Violence is a serious and pervasive problem in both young people and adults. A concerning level of crime and disorder and the criminalisation of youth has broad social, legal, economic and health consequences.
Crime and violence are often rooted in broader urban and social problems. Media and community responses call for more, and more authoritarian, sanctions. Australian prison populations have grown by almost 40% over five years, with higher rates of growth for female offenders. Such growth is unsustainable and unnecessary as intervention can lead to desistance from crime. Efforts to prevent violence and to understand and treat violent offenders come up against ‘get tough on crime’ approaches, which are often disaggregated and fail to address the ‘real world’ problems. A broad range of professionals are involved in such efforts but confront difficulties in achieving cooperation, with whole of government commitment.

This international conference brings together policy contributors, lawyers, clinicians, legal decision-makers, advocates, and researchers to explore the phenomenon of violence from a cross-disciplinary perspective, focusing on clinical, welfare, and legal strategies to explore effective responses to addressing, intervening and preventing violent behaviour.

The conference will be held at Palazzo Vaj, the Monash University Centre in Prato, Tuscany, which provides an exciting opportunity to meet in an inviting setting to share research, practice and policy developments that enable a critical examination of novel approaches to understanding and managing violence across the lifespan.

This exciting conference is hosted by Professor James Ogloff AM (Swinburne University, Australia) and Professor Rosemary Sheehan AM (Monash University).

The conference will give particular attention to the following themes:
• Understanding violence and offending
• Exploring youth violence and anti-social behaviour
• Family violence and child welfare
• Gender and cultural effects
• Legal reforms for managing violent offending
• Advances in offending programs and approaches to desistance from violence
• Mental illness, trauma, personality dysfunction, substance misuse and violence
• Risk, intervention, diversion and decarceration approaches and policy.

The conference will offer considerable opportunity for cross-national dialogue.
Keynote speakers, presented papers and roundtable forums, address the aims of the conference.

Call for Abstracts:
1 MARCH – 30 MAY, 2019
PRATO 2O19 Working with violence in adults and youth.
Effective clinical, welfare and legal strategies
30 September –2 October 2019 PRATO, ITALY
Post-conference workshops on 3 October

For more information about the Conference, please contact:

Brett McIvor
Research Coordinator
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
Swinburne University of Technology
Phone: (+61 3) 9214 3887