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.
Powell, A., Stratton, G. & Cameron, R. (2018). Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society. New York: Routledge
Laing, M & Maylea, C. (2018) They burn brightly, but only for a short time: The role of social workers in companion animal grief and loss. Anthrozoös. 31(2) 221-232.
Maylea, C & Ryan, C, (2018) Decision-Making Capacity and the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal, International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law (24), 87–108.
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
Liston, R.,Mortimer, S.,Hamilton, G.,Cameron, R. (2017). A team effort: preventing violence against women through sport In: Our Watch Melbourne, Australia
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.
Maylea, C., Dale, M., Alvarez-Vasquez, S., Grey, F., Krishnan, V., Thomas, S., Weller, P. & Martin, M (2017) Review of the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA) – Midterm Report (Commissioned by Victoria Legal Aid)
Maylea, C (2017) Report on Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health Workshop Consultations (Commissioned by the National Mental Health Commission)
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.
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.
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
Maylea, C, (2017) Minimising coerciveness in coercion: The place of coercive powers in social work practice – a case study of the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic). Australian Social Work 70(4).
Maylea, C & Hirsch, A, (2017) The right to refuse – the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) under the CRPD. Alternative Law Journal, 42(2).
Maylea, C & Hirsh, A, (2017) Social Workers as Collaborators?: The Ethics of Working Within Australia’s Asylum System. Ethics and Social Welfare. 12(2), pp. 160-178.
Maylea, C. (2017). A rejection of involuntary treatment in mental health social work, Ethics and Social Welfare, 11(4) 669-352.
Roberts, R & Maylea, C (2017) Australian mental health workforce: State and national policy imperatives and implications for workforce development. Paper presented at International Mental Health Conference 2017, Gold Coast.
David, C. Nipperess, S. and Maylea, C. (2017) ‘Submission to the Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into Transitional Arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme’, Refugee Council of Australia, Refugee Council of Australia, Canberra, Australia.
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 Democracy, 6(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
Daley, K. (2016). Youth and Substance Abuse, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland
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.
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). Food scarcity and the Paracel Islands – What can be done to maintain traditional fishing grounds? New Community Journal, 14, 78 – 84.
Hirsch, A. & Maylea, C. (2016). Education denied: people seeking asylum and refugees trapped in limbo, New Community Journal, 14, 19 – 24.
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
Maylea, C. (2016). An end to involuntary treatment in Australian mental health social work, Social Work and Health: Inclusive Practice Research and Education, Depaul Centre for Research and Development, Kerala, India.
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
Roberts, R & Maylea, C (2016) Integration and primary health care- Implications for cross-agency collaboration for better health and well-being (Commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Branch)
Roberts, R & Maylea, C (2016) Cross-sector mental health and social emotional well-being policy and initiatives (Commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Branch)
Roberts, R & Maylea, C (2016) Mental Health Workforce State and National Policy Analysis (Commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Branch)