Research at Leeds Beckett
About Rachael Aplin
Rachael Aplin is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University. She specialises in policing and gendered violence, specifically honour based abuse and domestic abuse more broadly. She was previously a Detective Sergeant specialising in Domestic Abuse and was in the force for over twenty years.
Academically, Rachel's expertise lies in policing, organisational culture, domestic abuse, honour violence and forced marriage. Her doctorate study critically explores discretionary policing practices and their impact, specifically on investigations and safeguarding within the context of honour based abuse investigations in one UK police force. Using mixed methods, 100 honour based incidents taken from classified police systems and fifteen semi structured interviews with predominantly public protection detectives were examined. She also examined the effectiveness of inter-agency working between police and children’s social care. Some victims of honour abuse were left under policed and under protected.
Rachel's MBA Masters degree focused on the abuse of the elderly, who were susceptible to rogue trader and distraction burglary crime. Her national study involved 26 police forces and trading standards. She is currently critical friend to 'Operation Liberal', the National coordination centre for travelling criminality.
Modules taught on include:
- Gender violence and abuse
- Policing and social control
- Contemporary Criminal Justice
- Gender, crime and justice
- Research Strategies
Research will impact on the policy and policing of honour based abuse and forced marriage, with the intention of improving practice in this area in order to better serve victims of crime.