Researchers in the Crime, Justice & Society research program engage and collaborate with industry to ensure that our teaching and research is timely, relevant and meaningful to the contemporary needs of services and agencies, and users of the criminal justice sector. A particular focus of our work is on consumer participation, actively encouraging the inclusion of their voice and detailing their experiences, preferences and needs.

Members of this research program are drawn from across RMIT University and represent a range of connected disciplines including social work, justice and legal studies, and law and bring a range of methodological expertise. This range of skills and expertise means the CJS program is uniquely positioned to create multidisciplinary research teams that are able to consider and address a wide range of social justice related issues, whilst retaining a strong sensitivity to the complexities and vulnerabilities of people who have had contact with the criminal justice system. The breadth of their research expertise, interests and industry engagements reflects the complex and multifaceted nature of this population.

Key research interests

  • Criminal justice systems and processes
  • Juvenile justice
  • Mental health and the law
  • Social Policy
  • Discrimination
  • Stigma and social distance
  • Marginalised populations
  • Consumer participation
  • Cybercrime and digital criminologies
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs

Key Activities

  • Building capacity of HDR students, Early Career Researchers, researchers and practitioners to address significant social justice-related issues.
  • Fostering and growing meaningful partnerships with community groups, industry, governments and other academics to help inform the development and refinement of our research priorities.
  • Disseminating research findings to a range of audiences to help create opportunities for the translation of outputs into policy and practice.
  • Providing access to and developing accessible resources for end users.

Recent Publications

2018

Books

Powell, A., Stratton, G. & Cameron, R. (2018). Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society. New York: Routledge

2017

Book Chapters

Sowerby, A., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2017). Australia. In C.J Schreck [Ed.]. The Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-118-52032-1

Weller, P. (2017). Health and human rights law In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Weller, P. (2017). Substitute decision-making In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Weller, P. (2017). Withdrawal and withholding of medical treatment In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Weller, P. (2017). Euthanasia and assisted suicide In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Weller, P. (2017). Mental health law In: Health Law: Frameworks and Context, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia

Comissioned Reports

David, C.,Nipperess, S.,Maylea, C. (2017). Submission to the Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into Transitional Arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme In: Refugee Council of Australia Canberra, Australia.

Liston, R.,Mortimer, S.,Hamilton, G.,Cameron, R. (2017). A team effort: preventing violence against women through sport In: Our Watch Melbourne, Australia

Journal Articles

Addicott, F. Thomas, S.D.M., Ogloff, J.R.P., & Daffern, M. (2017) Frequency and characteristics of police involvement in potentially criminal behaviour in disability services. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, https://doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2016.1266283

Ching, H., Daffern, M., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2017). A comparison of offending trajectories in violent youth according to violence type. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 27, 8-14. DOI: 10.1002/cbm.1969

Crofts, N., & Thomas, S. (2017). Invited Commentary: Law enforcement and public health: Finding common ground and global solutions to disparities in health and in access to criminal justice. Journal of Community Safety and Wellbeing; 2(3), 74-75. 

Kesic, D., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2017). Attempted suspect-provoked shootings in Victoria: Prevalence and Characteristics. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 40(4), 704-718. 

Kinghorn, G., Halcomb, E.J., Froggatt, T., & Thomas, S. (2017). Transitioning into new clinician areas of practice: an integrative review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26, 4223-4233

McTackett L.J., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2017). Police perceptions of irrational unstable behaviours and use of force. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 32; 163-171.  DOI: 10.1007/S11896-016-9212-Y

Nixon, M., Thomas, S.D.M., Ogloff, J.R.P. & Daffern, M. (2017). Estimating the risk of crime and victimisation in people with an intellectual disability: a data linkage study. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52(5),617-626. DOI:10.1007/s00127-017-1371-3

Powell, A., Overington, C., & Hamilton, G. (2017). Following# JillMeagher: Collective meaning-making in response to crime events via social media. Crime, Media, Culture, 1741659017721276.

Sellars, M.,Fullam, R.,O’Leary, C.,Mountjoy, R.,Mawren, D.,Weller, P.,Newton, R.,Brophy, L.,McEwan, T.,Silvester, W. (2017). Australian psychiatrists’ support for psychiatric advance directives: responses to a hypothetical vignette In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 24, 61 – 73.

Shawyer, F.,Enticott, J.,Brophy, L.,Bruxner, A.,Fossey, E.,Inder, B.,Julian, J.,Ritsuko, K.,Weller, P.,Wilson-Evered, E.,Eden, V.,Slade, M.,Meadows, G. (2017). The PULSAR Specialist Care protocol: A stepped-wedge cluster randomized control trial of a training intervention for community mental health teams in recovery-oriented practice In: BMC Psychiatry, 17, 1 – 25

Stratton, G., Powell, A., & Cameron, R. (2017). Crime and Justice in Digital Society: Towards a ‘Digital Criminology’? International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy6(2), 17-33

Sowerby, A., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2017). A mixed methods study of the mental health and criminal justice histories of missing persons. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 18, 87-98. 

Stone, U.,Liddell, M.,Martinovic, M. (2017). Incarcerated mothers: issues and barriers for regaining custody of children In: The Prison Journal, 97, 296 – 317

Thomas, S.D.M., & Watson, A.C. (2017). A focus for mental health training for police. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 3(2), 93-104.  DOI:10.1108/JCRPP-01-2017-0005

Watson, R., Daffern, M., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2017). The impact of interpersonal style and interpersonal complementarity on the therapeutic alliance between therapists and offenders in sex offender treatment. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 29(2), 107-127. DOI: 10.1177/1079063215580969

Weller, P. (2017). Mental capacity and states of exception: revisiting disability law with Giorgio Agamben In: Continuum, 31, 400 – 410

2016

Books

Daley, K. (2016). Youth and Substance Abuse, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland

Book Chapters

Rudd, C., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2016). The prevalence, mental health and criminal characteristics of potential problem gamblers in a substance using population, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17, 700-714. DOI: 10.1007%2Fs11469-015-9604-8

Martin, S.,Goodman, R. (2016). Living on the edge: New forms of poverty on the urban fringe In: Social Work and the City: Urban Themes in 21st-Century Social Work, Palgrave MacMillan, United Kingdom

Maylea, C. (2016). An end to involuntary treatment in Australian mental health social work.  In: Social Work and Health: Inclusive Practice Research and Education, Depaul Centre for Research and Development, Kerala, India. 

Journal Articles

Bartels, L.,Martinovic, M. (2017). Electronic monitoring: The experience in Australia In: European Journal of Probation, 9, 80 – 102

Cashman, E.L., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2016). Does mental illness impact the incidence of offending and victimisation among young people? A case linkage study. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1195476

Enticott, J.,Shawyer, F.,Brophy, L.,Russell, G.,Fossey, E.,Inder, B.,Mazza, D.,Vasi, S.,Weller, P.,Wilson-Evered, E.,Eden, V.,Meadows, G. (2016). “The PULSAR primary care protocol: A stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial to test a training intervention for general practitioners in recovery-oriented practice to optimize personal recovery in adult patients” In: BMC Psychiatry, 16, 1 – 16

Fogden, B., Thomas, S.D.M., Daffern, M. & Ogloff, J.R.P. (2016). Criminal victimisation and offending in an Australian sample of people with intellectual disabilities: A case linkage study. BMC Psychiatry, 16:170 DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-0869-7

Henshaw, M., Spivak, B., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2016). Striking the right balance: Police experience, perceptions and use of the Independent Third Person during interviews involving people with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, accepted October 2016. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12297

Hirsch, A.,Maylea, C. (2016). Education denied: people seeking asylum and refugees trapped in limbo In: New Community Quarterly Journal for Social Justice, Sustainability, Community Development and Human Rights, 14, 19 – 24

Liddell, M.,Blake, M.,Singh, S. (2017). Over-represented and misunderstood: Pacific young people and juvenile justice in NSW In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, , 1 – 19

Malins, P. (2017). Desiring assemblages: A case for desire over pleasure in critical drug studies In: International Journal of Drug Policy, 49, 126 – 132

Maylea, C. (2016). A rejection of involuntary treatment in mental health social work. Ethics and Social Welfare, 1 – 17. 

Martinovic, M. (2016). GPS-EM sanctions for serious sex offenders: The application and outcomes in the United States and Australia In: Journal of Technology in Human Services, 34, 82 – 101

McKinnon, I.G., Thomas, S., Noga, H.L., & Senior, J. (2016). Police custody healthcare: A review of health morbidity, models of care and innovations within police custody in the UK, with international comparisons. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 9, 213-216.

Mitchell, P.,Kutin, J.,Daley, K.,Best, D.,Bruun, A. (2016). Gender differences in psychosocial complexity for a cohort of adolescents attending youth-specific substance abuse services In: Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 34 – 43

Murphy, B.,Liddell, M.,Bugeja, L. (2016). Service contacts proximate to intimate partner homicides in Victoria In: Journal of Family Violence, 31, 39 – 48

Shepherd, S., Ogloff, J.R.P., & Thomas, S.D.M. (2016). Are Australian prisons meeting the needs of Indigenous offenders? Health and Justice, 4:13. DOI: 10.1186/s40352-016-0045-7

Weller, P. (2016). The contradictions of gender: women, men and violence in mental health research-policy, law and human rights In: Griffith Law Review, 25, 87 – 103

Key People

Lead researchers

Professor Stuart Thomas

Professor Stuart Thomas

Professor of Forensic Mental Health, Interim Director of Social and Global Studies Centre

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Dr Chris Maylea

Dr Chris Maylea

Lecturer, Early Career Development Fellowship

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Dr Marg Liddell

Dr Marg Liddell

Senior Lecturer

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Senior Lecturer Marietta Martinovic

Senior Lecturer Marietta Martinovic

Lecturer

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Dr Sonia Martin

Dr Sonia Martin

Lecturer

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Ruth Liston

Ruth Liston

Associate Lecturer

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Dr Peta Mallins

Dr Peta Mallins

Lecturer

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Dr Kathryn Daley

Dr Kathryn Daley

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Professor Penelope Weller

Professor Penelope Weller

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Higher Degree Research Students

Collaborators within RMIT

Key Industry Partners

  • Rotary
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong  

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