26 October 2018
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Women and the Criminal Justice System

Partner Events
by Middlesex University

Join The School of Law at Middlesex University for the book launch of  ‘Women and the Criminal Justice System: Failing Victims and Offenders?’

Book launch event: 

Friday 26th October 2018

The Boardroom C219-20, 2nd Floor College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT.

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16:00 Tea upon arrival

16:30-18:00 Book launch

18:00-19:30 Drinks reception and light buffet

To celebrate the launch of the edited collection, Women and the Criminal Justice System: Failing Victims and Offenders? Middlesex University London are hosting a roundtable event with editors and authors. The book brings together academics and professionals to consider key issues in current criminal justice policy and practice which relate specifically to women. Importantly, the we focuses on women as both victims and offenders, as, often, these are the same women. The launch event draws on the expertise of key contributors to the book, to consider the connection between women’s offending and victimisation, why we need to keep talking about women and the criminal justice system, and where we go from here in terms of policy and practice. The book developed from a hugely successful interdisciplinary conference held in 2016*. Throughout the day we mapped the journeys women take as they engage with the system – from the point of being with those at risk of becoming a victim and/or offender, through experiences of trial, diversion and being inside and outside of prison.

*We offer thanks to the bodies who funded the initial conference – The University of Essex, The Economic and Social Research Council, The Consortium for the Arts and the Humanities in South East England, The Royal Statistical Society, and Palgrave.


Dr Aviah Day, Middlesex University (chapter author)

Dr Emma Milne, Middlesex University (editor and chapter author)

Professor Jackie Turton, University of Essex (editor and chapter author)


Professor Nigel South, University of Essex (editor and chapter author)

Dr Emma Milne is a lecturer in criminology in the Department of Criminology and Sociology. She joined Middlesex University in September 2017. Emma was previously at the University of Essex completing her doctoral studies in sociology. Her PhD was funded by the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), who are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Emma’s research interests are in feminist criminology and women offenders, particularly violent women. Her PhD considered criminal justice responses to women suspected of causing the death of their newborn children. The wider context of Emma’s work is a consideration of social controls (including criminal justice regulations) on all women, notably in relation to pregnancy and reproductive function.

Professor Nigel South, University of Essex (editor and chapter author) – Nigel South is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Criminology, University of Essex, and a visiting Adjunct Professor at the Crime and Justice Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology. He has published widely on various aspects of criminology and criminal justice including crime, inequalities and citizenship, and on public health and community services. In 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology, Division on Critical Criminology, and in 2014 was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Recent books include A. Brisman, E Carrabine and N South (eds) (2017)The Routledge Companion on Criminological Theory and Concepts, Routledge.

Professor Jackie Turton, University of Essex (editor and chapter author) – Jackie Turton is a professor in the Sociology Department at Essex University. She joined the University after a career in the health service and has taught sociology and criminology since 1996. Jackie is an experienced qualitative researcher and has completed projects for the Home Office, Department of Health and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health linking her research and analysis with policy and practice. Jackie’s teaching and research interests have focused on domestic crime in particular child abuse as well as women as victims and offenders. She has taken part in discussions about female child abusers on Woman’s (Radio 4) as well as child abuse more generally on local radio. Her book Child Abuse Gender and Society (2008) is a critical reflection of her research in this field. Jackie has recently been working with a multi-disciplinary team developing an evaluation strategy for community projects set up to support women (often victims themselves) who have ‘repeat losses to care’ – children removed because of child protection concerns. Her recent co-authored publications detail the problems and difficulties for this set of women and the issues for evaluating small feminist led community initiatives. She took on the role of Deputy Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Social Sciences at Essex in August 2016.

Dr Aviah Sarah Day has recently completed her PhD entitled Partnership and Power: Domestic Violence, the Women’s Sector, and the Criminal Justice System. Her research has taken an intersectional approach to understanding how survivors from a range of background experience the criminal justice system. Aviah is currently employed as a research assistant at the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS), Middlesex University. Aviah is also a member Sisters Uncut, a national direct action group fighting cuts to domestic violence services.

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26 October 2018
from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Middlesex University
The Boardroom C219-20, 2nd Floor College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

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