Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Amber McKinley

Dr Amber McKinley

Profile

Dr. Amber McKinley is an Applied Victimologist and Subject Coordinator for JST311 Evidence and Investigation and JST345 Police and Victims at Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security. She holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies, a Masters of Criminal Justice and a Doctor of Philosophy. Her thesis investigated Homicide Solvability Factors and Applied Victimology in New South Wales from 1994 – 2013. Amber is also a Squadron Leader (Specialist Reserve) in the Royal Australian Air Force and consults with the Australia Defence Force Investigative Service. She teaches and researches an array of topics, including applied and forensic victimology, homicide, solvability and clearance rates, police investigations of serious crimes and the changing homicide typologies.  Amber's current research projects are focused on aspects of multi-agency and trauma-informed victim care in police investigations.

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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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