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Research provides the knowledge to support Bravehearts’ lobbying and legislative reform initiatives to promote the safety and protection of our children and communities. Bravehearts actively conducts research that promotes an evidence-based approach to addressing child sexual assault and exploitation. Through our research initiatives, we strive to make an original contribution to the knowledge and understanding of this horrendous crime through ensuring that the voices and rights of children and victims are heard and that their contributions are included in the debate and development of community and government responses.

Our research team works collaboratively with knowledge partners including leading researchers, Universities, State & Federal government departments and agencies, and is supported by our Executive Research Advisory Board.



Bravehearts actively supports the trial of specialised sexual assault courts in Australia. It is argued that our current system is not conducive to effectively dealing with the unique nature and dynamics of child sexual assault matters. Bravehearts is currently reviewing the literature and research into the introduction of specialised courts.


Bravehearts’ research and therapeutic staff are collaborating on an internal review of our counselling program.


Expanding on an earlier project, Bravehearts is currently analysing the outcomes of applications under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sex Offenders) Act 2003 in Queensland.

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The Government understands the importance of preventing child sexual abuse, increasing understanding of child abuse and providing advice and support to survivors …… I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the important contribution your organisation makes in helping to keep Australia’s children safe.
– The Hon Jenny Macklin MP


Bravehearts endeavours to ensure that all research, undertaken by the organisation or in collaboration with the organisation, is underpinned by the values and principles outlined in the Bravehearts Research Policy document.

Our Research Policy outlines the principles adopted by Bravehearts to ensure the ethical conduct of our research. We have adopted the principles outlined in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 and the Ethical Considerations in Quality Assurance and Evaluation Activities, 2014.

Contact our research team on to obtain a copy of our latest research policy.



Bravehearts requires anyone conducting research to complete an ethics research proposal form for review. This includes, but is not limited to, any employee of Bravehearts, students wishing to access the service or service users, and any external researcher.

You can download this form here:  External Application to do research.

To provide a transparent ethical approach to Bravehearts research, Bravehearts has an established Ethical Research Advisory Committee (ERAC).

To promote transparency and good research practice, the ERAC will at all times include, as a minimum, Bravehearts’ Director of Research, one other senior member of Bravehearts’ staff, and two external academics or researchers.

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