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Nicola O'Leary

Senior Lecturer in Criminology


A Victim Community: Stigma and the Media Legacy of High-Profile Crime (2021)
Book
O’Leary, N. (2021). A Victim Community: Stigma and the Media Legacy of High-Profile Crime. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87679-1

Although historically ignored, crime victims are now very firmly on the map. For politicians, newspapers, the media and the public at large, criminal injury and loss are a source of constant concern and anxiety. Criminologists and media analysts have... Read More about A Victim Community: Stigma and the Media Legacy of High-Profile Crime.

A New Approach for Researching Victims: the ‘Strength-Growth-Resilience’ Framework (2021)
Journal Article
Green, S., Calverley, A., & O’Leary, N. (in press). A New Approach for Researching Victims: the ‘Strength-Growth-Resilience’ Framework. The British journal of criminology, Article azaa093. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azaa093

This paper proposes a new framework for researching victims that blends appreciative inquiry methods used by prison researchers (Liebling, Elliott and Arnold 2001) with narrative interview methods used by desistance researchers (Maruna 2001) to inves... Read More about A New Approach for Researching Victims: the ‘Strength-Growth-Resilience’ Framework.

From Invisible to Conspicuous: The Rise of Victim Activism in the Politics of Justice (2020)
Book Chapter
O’Leary, N., & Green, S. (2020). From Invisible to Conspicuous: The Rise of Victim Activism in the Politics of Justice. In J. Tapley, & P. Davies (Eds.), Victimology : Research, Policy and Activism (159-183). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42288-2_7

Crime victims are now significant voices in criminal justice politics and reform. No longer the invisible or forgotten people of the criminal justice system, the symbolic and political resonance of victimhood has grown to such an extent that the vict... Read More about From Invisible to Conspicuous: The Rise of Victim Activism in the Politics of Justice.

Service provider difficulties in operationalising coercive control (2018)
Journal Article
Gormally, S., Brennan, I. R., Burton, V., Gormally, S., & O’Leary, N. (2019). Service provider difficulties in operationalising coercive control. Violence against women, 25(6), 635-653. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801218797478

© The Author(s) 2018. We examined perspectives of social workers, police officers, and specialist domestic abuse practitioners about their perceived ability and organizational readiness to respond effectively to incidents of coercive and controlling... Read More about Service provider difficulties in operationalising coercive control.

Public-private tragedy: Stigma, victimisation and community identity (2018)
Journal Article
O'Leary, N. (2018). Public-private tragedy: Stigma, victimisation and community identity. International review of victimology, 24(2), 165-181. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269758018757308

On 13 March 1996, Thomas Hamilton shot and killed 16 children and 1 teacher at Dunblane Primary School, Scotland. In the weeks and months that followed, intense and extensive media coverage focused on the victims, the community, the aftermath and the... Read More about Public-private tragedy: Stigma, victimisation and community identity.

Notoriety and victims (2016)
Book Chapter
O'Leary, N. (2016). Notoriety and victims. In K. Corteen, S. Morley, P. Taylor, & J. Turner (Eds.), Companion to crime, harm and victimisation. Bristol: Policy Press

Negotiating 'Victim communities': Reflexivity and method in researching high-profile crimes (2014)
Book Chapter
O'Leary, N. (2014). Negotiating 'Victim communities': Reflexivity and method in researching high-profile crimes. In K. Lumsden, & A. Winter (Eds.), Reflexivity in Criminological Research : Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless (23-34). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137379405_2

Certain crimes seem to embody the mood of the times, entering the pub- lic consciousness in such an enduring way that they almost become public property. Crimes such as the killing of James Bulger in 1993 and the dis- appearance of Madeleine McCann i... Read More about Negotiating 'Victim communities': Reflexivity and method in researching high-profile crimes.