Crime Muse aims to explore how we can better advocate for change, persuade others of the truth and use tools like social media to change the conversation about criminal and social justice. Crime Muse hopes to inspire others to promote evidence-based criminal justice policy and practice. Crime Muse also offers an opportunity to reflect and muse about multiple truths, justice, and wicked problems which lack easy answers.
The establishment of Crime Muse was achieved through the support of YWCA Adelaide, through its 2017 Great Ydeas Small Grants Program. The YWCA aims to build strong and equitable communities through the development of women’s leadership.
Crime Muse is the cyber baby of Kate McLachlan. She has a Research Masters degree in Law from Flinders University, in which she examined the responses of South Australia Police to women who had been raped. She also has an Honours degree in Psychology from UniSA, where she researched the prediction of violent recidivism by speaking with offenders in Yatala Labour Prison and Adelaide Community Corrections.
She has worked as a lecturer in Law and Criminal Justice, creating courses for the UniSA Bachelor of Criminal Justice as well as in the criminal justice and social justice agencies in Australia (Adelaide and Canberra), in both the government and non-government sectors. She is passionate about victims’ rights and advocacy as well as promoting evidence-based practice and research translation practices across and between justice agencies and the criminal justice sector.
She’s currently a recipient of a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) PhD Scholarship at the University of South Australia and her thesis will focus on trauma and the criminal justice system.
Kate is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia.