Vulnerability & policing

Matthew Ball1, Lorana Bartels2, Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron3, Angela Dwyer3, Patricia Easteal2, Michele Grossman4, Jackie Hallam5, Roberta Julian3, Nicole L Asquith6, Leanne Sargent7

2 Uni of Canberra
3 UTas
4 VU
5 ATCD, Tasmania
7 Victoria Police

Since 2014, academics and policing scholars from across Australia have been working together as part of the Vulnerability, Resilience and Policing Research Consortium to progress policy and practice innovation. In this panel session, members of the VRPRC will discuss the work of the consortium, and the advantages of working in collaboration with policing organisations on these issues. Panel members will also discuss their current research on policing vulnerability.


Vulnerability, Resilience & Policing Research Consortium
– Nicole L Asquith

Re-thinking ‘vulnerability’ in the context of ‘diversity’ – cross-cultural reform in policing education and training in Australia
– Michele Grossman & Leanne Sargent

Exploring law enforcement and public health (LEPH) as a collective impact initiative
– Roberta Julian, Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron & Jackie Hallam

Balancing visibility and invisibility in LGBTI police liaison programs in three Australian states
– Angela Dwyer and Matthew Ball

Women prisoners as vulnerable victims of sexual abuse
– Lorana Bartels and Patricia Easteal

Policing precariousness; Accounting for ontological and situational vulnerability
– Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron & Nicole L Asquith



Nicole L Asquith is the Associate Professor of Policing and Criminal Justice at Western Sydney University, Research Associate with the Sexualities and Genders Research Network, University Associate with the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and Co-Director of the Vulnerability, Resilience and Policing Research Consortium. Nicole’s research is focussed on the policing of vulnerable people.


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