Victoria Police have shown great interest in Helen Forbes-Mewett’s research for the purposes of informing their Multicultural Unit on issues affecting international students and others from diverse cultural backgrounds. The focus of her ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship on International Students and Crime has revealed new insights into the problem. Primarily, the overwhelming media driven perception that international students are mostly vulnerable to violent and visible street crime against males by unknown offenders has been challenged. Helen’s research indicates that violence against female international students in both private and public spaces is a much greater problem.
Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett pictured with Senior Constable Maha Sukkar, Multicultural Liaison Officer from the Victorian Multicultural Unit