About the project
This grant funded in-depth research into the issue of grooming in Victoria.
This project examined where gaps existed within current law in Victoria and Australia (that is, the gaps in law between online grooming and the physical act of sexual abuse).
Outcome of the project
Finding that only Queensland and New South Wales had comparable ‘face-to-face’ grooming legislation (though neither are comprehensive), and that there was limited case law, Child Wise considered how similar laws had been applied internationally.
The project also considered how preparatory crimes were treated in Australia, and specifically Victoria, and how legislation could be made robust so as to recognise the traumatic impacts of grooming itself, even if it did not reach the stage of a completed offence.
The final report looked at definitions of grooming, the purpose of grooming legislation and recommendations for change.
Read the report Grooming – exploring the call for law reform.