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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Rachael’s research specifically focuses on police culture(s) and discretionary practices and how these impact on police criminal investigations. Her PhD research analyses this in respect of Policing UK Honour Based Abuse Crime and Forced Marriage.

Her previous Masters research critically assessed police practices in the context of Distraction Burglary and Rogue Trader crime in England and Wales; which mainly impacts on elderly victims of crime.

As a previous police Domestic Abuse lead she is also facinated by other areas of victimology, specifically concerning how these crimes are policed, notably:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Female Perpetration of DA/ HBA/ FGM
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Child Protection/Child abuse
  • Child Homicide
  • Rape
  • Partnership working between agencies and the Police (i.e. CPS/ Adult Social Care, Children’s Social Care).
  • Crime Recording and Policing (NCRS crime evaluation) / crime as a social construction
  • Police Suspect Advanced Investigative Interviewing

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Police discretion, pragmatism and crime ‘deconstruction’: Police doorstep crime investigations in England and Wales, Aplin, R. 19 Apr 2021, In: Policing and Society
  • The policing, investigation and governance of ‘Rogue Trader’ fraud: Whose responsibility?, Aplin, R. 1 Jun 2021, In: The Police Journal
  • Policing UK Honour-Based Abuse Crime., Aplin, R. 11 Jun 2019
  • Honour Based Abuse: The response by professionals to vulnerable adult investigations, Aplin, R. 8 Oct 2018, In: Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research
  • Exploring the role of mothers in ‘honour’ based abuse perpetration and the impact on the policing response, Aplin, R. 1 Jan 2017, In: Women's Studies International Forum

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Oral presentation: Doorstep criminality, its policing & the impact on elderly victims 2021
  • Consultancy: Advice to Ministry of Justice 2021
  • Invited talk: Swedish media Article related to research findings on Female Perpetration of Honour Based Abuse. 2019
  • Invited talk: British Society of Criminology Annual Conference: Public Criminologies: Community, Conflict and Justice, Lincoln 2019
  • Invited talk: Paper entitled 'Policing HBA: domestic abuse, child protection or a ‘culturally’ complex crime?' 2018
  • Invited talk: Radio Aire live broadcast discussing 'Vulnerable Adult abuse in the context of Honour Based Abuse'. 2018
  • Invited talk: 3rd day of memory for the victims of honour crimes: Hosted by Karma Nirvana 2017
  • Hosting an academic visitor: Miriam Lyons 2017
  • Invited talk: Honour Crimes: Raising Awareness Forum 2017
  • Invited talk: BBC Radio Leeds: Discussing Mothers who perpetrate Honour Based Abuse 2017


  • Criminology PhD August 01 2018
  • Business Administration MBA June 14 2012
  • Management Studies Advanced Diploma July 03 2011
  • English Literature BA (Hons) June 30 1992
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 2014
  • Thematic Analysis Masterclass with Braun and Clarke, Bristol 2014
  • QSR international NVIVO course 2014
  • 3 year prospects development programme (leadership potential) Prospects 2008
  • Part 1 and 2 Sergeants qualifying examinations OSPRE 2004
  • Centrex Specialist Police Trainer 2004
  • National Foundation Course in Criminal Investigation (ICIDP) 2000

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