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dc.contributor.authorMurphy, K
dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, Harley
dc.contributor.authorMutongwizo, T
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-07T00:13:36Z
dc.date.available2021-10-07T00:13:36Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/408668
dc.description.abstractIn 2017 the Queensland Police Service (QPS) trialled the new ‘Connected Women Program’. The trial involved running an eight-week program designed to build strong relationships between police mentors and young Muslim women in the South Brisbane District of Queensland. Many of the Muslim women selected to participate in the program were new immigrants to Australia. The project partner was the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland (IWAQ) and the project was funded by a Suncorp grant. IWAQ worked closely with the QPS to ensure that cultural needs and appropriateness of content were maintained throughout the program. The program commenced on the 15th of July, 2017 with an initial intake of 22 Muslim women. As the program continued over the 8-week period an additional 5 Muslim women joined the program. The Muslim women ranged in age between 14 and 72 (average age = 24.1). All participants graduated from the program on the 2nd September, 2017. The Connected Women Program’s eight phase concept was designed to increase awareness of personal safety, home security strategies, identity theft, fraud and scams, the role of police and police liaison officers (PLOs), knowledge of Australian laws, violence prevention (including domestic and family violence), and how to report information to police and anonymously through Crimestoppers. The Program’s underlying objective was to link female police mentors with young Muslim women in order to develop a network of participants who felt supported, educated and empowered in the community. Hence, the program aimed to build young Muslim women’s knowledge of police, trust and confidence in police, and their willingness to engage with police in the future. Much of the previous and ongoing engagement with the Muslim community in South Brisbane District has predominantly been conducted with Muslim men. The Connected Women Program, with its focus on Muslim women, is the first program of its kind in the District. Professor Kristina Murphy and members of her research team from the Griffith Criminology Institute at Griffith University were retained to conduct an independent evaluation 4 of the Program’s success. The evaluation involved surveying program participants both before and after the program (for findings from the participant survey see Murphy, 2017). The evaluation also involved interviewing the eight (N=8) female police mentors involved in the program. Police mentors’ perceptions of the program’s aims, the outcomes the program achieved, what mentors felt worked well, and what they felt could be improved if the program continues to be rolled out in the future were canvassed. The current report presents findings from these police mentor interviews.
dc.publisherGriffith University
dc.publisher.placeBrisbane
dc.publisher.urihttps://www.griffith.edu.au/criminology-institute
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4402
dc.titleThe QPS ‘Connected Women’ Program: Police Mentor Assessments of the Program
dc.typeReport
dcterms.bibliographicCitationMurphy, K; Williamson, H; Mutongwizo, T, The QPS ‘Connected Women’ Program: Police Mentor Assessments of the Program, 2019
dc.date.updated2021-10-06T10:52:38Z
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gro.griffith.authorWilliamson, Harley M.
gro.griffith.authorMurphy, Kristina
gro.griffith.authorMutongwizo, Tariro


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