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Policing Encounters with Vulnerability

  • Nicole L Asquith
  • Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron
  • Karl A Roberts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron, Nicole L Asquith, Karl A Roberts
    Pages 1-24
  3. Conceptualising Policing Encounters with Vulnerability

  4. Institutional Practices of Policing Encounters with Vulnerability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Loene M Howes, Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron, Nicole L Asquith
      Pages 89-117
    3. Nicole L Asquith, Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron
      Pages 145-171
  5. Exceptional Policing Encounters with Vulnerability

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-273

About this book


This edited collection brings together scholars and practitioners to consider the ways in which policing organisations approach vulnerability and the strategies they develop to reduce victims, offenders and police officers’ susceptibility to increased harm. Based on their work with policing services, the public criminologists and critical policing scholars collected together in this edited volume consider vulnerability in terms of people, processes, and institutional practices. While more attention is being paid to some experiences of vulnerability — particularly at the later stages of the criminal justice process — this collection will be the first to focus on the specific issues faced by policing services as the front end of criminal justice. The case studies of vulnerability in each chapter offer the reader new insights into the operational concerns in working with vulnerable people (including vulnerable police officers). This collection is ideally suited for scholars of applied criminal justice studies (including policing studies), police recruits and officers in training, and policing practitioners such as policy and program development officers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nicole L Asquith
    • 1
  • Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron
    • 2
  • Karl A Roberts
    • 3
  1. 1.Western Sydney University PenrithAustralia
  2. 2.Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement StudiesUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  3. 3.University of Western Sydney PenrithAustralia

About the editors

Nicole L Asquith is the Associate Professor of Policing and Criminal Justice at Western Sydney University, Australia.

Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron is a Senior Lecturer and Discipline Coordinator of Police Studies in the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Karl Roberts is a forensic psychologist and is Professor and Chair of Policing and Criminal Justice at The University of Western Sydney, Australia.

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