Drugged and compliant

Earlier this month I interviewed a prisoner who was being prescribed mood stabilisers for his undiagnosed (and non-existent) bipolar disorder. As a prison behaviour management strategy, this made sense. By prescribing medications that blunt a prisoner’s affect and flatten their emotions, prisons are more able to control and manage their inmates. However, often psychotropic drugs Read More

Power Threat Meaning Framework and a trauma-informed Criminal Justice System

Over the last two days I have attended a workshop in Adelaide to learn about the Power Threat Meaning Framework from psychologists Dr Lucy Johnstone and Professor John Cromby. Matt Ball, mental health nurse and Chair of ISPS Australia also spoke about the relevance of life experiences and adverse childhood experiences in psychosis. This workshop reminded Read More

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

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

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

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

#PressforProgress on #IWD2018

Today, on International Women’s Day, the Crime Muse Facebook page was launched! 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 Read More

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