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Dr Rachel Hale

Lecturer, Criminal Justice and Criminology

School of Arts


Social Sciences & Humanities


Berwick Campus, Online


Dr Rachel Hale is a criminologist and qualified investigator with extensive experience in academia and the public service. Dr Hale is Lecturer in criminal justice and criminology at Federation University Australia and has delivered tertiary education in criminology since 2010.

Rachel’s research focuses on women’s pathways through the criminal justice system, drawing on lived experiences to inform theories of desistance from crime. Rachel is also interested in the impact of disability, indigeneity and rurality on women’s experiences – the focus of forthcoming research.

Rachel’s most challenging work was in the oversight of corrections and disability services. Similarly challenging was her role as Senior Advisor with Victoria Police. Drawing on her performing arts background, Rachel facilitated a dance program for young women in custody from 2011–2013. The culmination of these experiences enables Rachel to prepare students to research and work in a range of roles within and around the criminal justice system.

Post-disaster Access to Justice: The Road Ahead for Australian Rural Communities

Good Intentions: Women’s Narratives of Post-Release Anticipatory Desistance in the Context of Historical and Contemporary Disadvantage and Trauma

Desistance theorizing has concentrated on the male experience resulting in relatively less...