Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Amber McKinley

Dr Amber McKinley

B.LibS, MCJ, PhD

Profile

Dr. Amber McKinley is an Applied Victimologist and lecturer at Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, based in Barton. ACT. She currently lecturers in Theoretical, Applied and Forensic Victimology (JST345) and is the Discipline Expert for Bachelors of Policing and Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) for the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.

She holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Western Sydney, a Master of Criminal Justice from Monash University and, a Doctor of Philosophy from Bond University. Her doctoral thesis was completed with the NSW Police Force and entitled, “Homicide Solvability and Applied Victimology in New South Wales, 1994-2013.

Her current research includes: collaborative research relating to Cross-cultural perspectives on Domestic Violence in NSW (Judy Saba, Diversity - Clinical Psychologist, NSW Police), Homicide Event Motive: A Situational Perspective (McKinley & Parker), Australian Homicide Typologies and Clearance Rates: 1989-2017 (McKinley & Cartwright).

Amber works as a Specialist Reserve Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force and works with the Joint Military Police Unit where she is currently writing a report entitled “An new evidence based, intelligence-led policing model for Joint Military Police” (due August 2018).

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Teaching

  • JST345 - Police and Victim
  • JST311 - Evidence and Investigation

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Research

  • Applied Victimology
  • Sexual Violence
  • Homicide Solvability and Clearance Rates
  • Motive and Motivation
  • Victim Care during Police Investigations

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Publications

  • Innocence Lost: Children as Homicide Victims in New South Wales 1997-2013, (SALUS 2015)
  • Service Police Investigations of Sexual Offences: Modelling Best Practices (Major Report (Internal) ADF 2014)
  • The Role of Australian Defence Force Investigative Service (ADFIS) in Disaster Victim Identification (Australian Defence Force intranet and AustPol 2011)
  • Death of Innocence: Child Homicide (Policing Issues and Practice Journal April 2010)

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