Vulnerability as a Contemporary Challenge for Policing

  • Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron
  • Nicole L AsquithEmail author
  • Karl A Roberts


Vulnerability is becoming an increasing concern in policy and legislation and as a focus for action in policing and criminal justice practice. Yet, concerns about the over-representation of vulnerable people in the criminal justice system are not new, with literature on the topic spanning more than five decades. What has come to the fore more recently, though, is a renewed conceptualisation and understanding of what vulnerability is when applied across disciplinary practices. Greater efforts at the operationalisation of vulnerability by practitioners in policing, justice and other areas of government have also expanded the reach of this organising concept.


Intimate Partner Violence Criminal Justice Police Officer Criminal Justice System Hate Crime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron
    • 1
  • Nicole L Asquith
    • 2
    Email author
  • Karl A Roberts
    • 3
  1. 1.Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement StudiesUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  2. 2.Western Sydney UniversityPenrithNSWAustralia
  3. 3.University of Western SydneyPenrithNew South WalesAustralia

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