Chasing the Scream

In this quiet week after Christmas, I took the chance to catch up on my reading. I discovered the excellent book ‘Chasing the Scream: The first and last days of the war on drugs’ by Johann Hari. It’s a book I’ve had on my shelf for a couple of months and I missed hearing Hari Read More

#ANZSOC2018 Inspirational Criminoli

At the end of another inspiring Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference. There were lots of ideas which will help me with my PhD topic and so I dropped them into a Wakelet to keep track! Read More

Let’s stay on track: calling out slut-shaming and victim-blaming

On Day 4 of #16DaysofActivism, following the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November, I was woken to two Australian news stories, one focused on ‘victim-blaming’ and the other on ‘slut-shaming’. So, same–same, really. The first was a news story about Victorian Magistrate, Richard Pithouse, who clearly has no awareness Read More

Kapow! I’m back, baby!

After a six-month hiatus from Crime Muse, I am back. In my time away I’ve been working on an online Bachelor of Criminal Justice for Uni which went live in September 2018. I created courses relating to Corrections, Criminology, Victimology and Psychology of crime and law. I loved the opportunity but it was pretty depressing Read More

Now for the good news…

Sometimes you can get inspiration from unlikely sources. This morning I was reading a back copy of ‘Money’ magazine. It is not a magazine I often read but in this case an opinion piece by Paul Clitheroe caught my eye, ’Now for the good news: we’re one of the wealthiest nations on the planet’ (Best Read More

Let’s celebrate our first Muse of 2018

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. Read More

Let me mansplain to you why women need to shut up.

I read this article in The Conversation by Marguerite Johnson, University of Newcastle with interest. It focuses on how classical literature shows that women’s voices have been silenced over the centuries; such that women’s opinions and expertise is overlooked and undervalued. There are many comments on the post, but one states: Women shut men down by accusing Read More

Thank you and keep being you.

While we have legislation in Australia that sets out the rights of victims of crime, these rights are not binding on service providers. This means that while we might expect that a victim of crime is treated with courtesy and respect, if it doesn’t happen, there are few opportunities to complain, secure an apology or Read More

Trauma, secondary trauma and justice

According to Merriam-Webster: Trauma is the Greek word for ‘wound’. Although the Greeks used the term only for physical injuries, nowadays trauma is just as likely to refer to emotional wounds. We now know that a traumatic event can leave psychological symptoms long after any physical injuries have healed. The psychological reaction to emotional trauma now has an established name: post-traumatic Read More

Guest post: I was sexually assaulted

Crime Muse is all about breaking down the myths, misunderstandings and prejudices that surround crime and justice. Rather than just cite research and how it translates into practice, Crime Muse hopes to also share the stories and reflections of people who have experienced crime and faced issues in accessing justice. It is these truths that will Read More

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