So this week I am refining my PhD topic which will focus on how the criminal justice system recognises (or more often overlooks), responds to and often exacerbates trauma. As it happens my lovely friend Rosemary from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education in Canberra introduced me to Karyn McCluskey this week. (Not literally. She suggested I check out her work.)
Karyn McCluskey is the Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. She has a background in intelligence analysis, originally trained as a registered nurse, holds a BSc and MSc in Psychology and is a fellow by distinction of the Faculty of Public Health.
All this knowledge and experience has led McCluskey to respond to violence through a public health lens. It’s a great approach for me to consider when I am musing about the relationship between justice and trauma. As you can see from her TedxTalk, McCluskey also emphasises that if we are serious about addressing violence we need to play the long game. We need bi-partisan support and must commit to change beyond the term of a political cycle.
She is well-worthy of being our first Crime Muse Muse.