Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Dr Jacki Tapley

  • Qualifications: Bsc (Hons); AdvDip Prison Studies; MSc; DipSW; PhD
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer in Criminology, and Doctoral Research Degrees Coordinator
  • Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3983
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


As a Principal Lecturer of Criminology at ICJS, Dr Tapley specialises in teaching and undertaking research focussing on victims of crime, and the development, implementation and evaluation of victim-centred policies and legislation. Prior to joining ICJS in 2000, Dr Tapley worked as a Probation Officer in Dorset. In 2008, she became the Independent Facilitator for the Crown Prosecution Service Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel in Dorset and, following CPS restructuring in 2013, became the Independent Facilitator for the CPS Wessex Violence Against Women and Girls Scrutiny Panel. In 2012, she was invited to attend the first National Scrutiny Panel, Chaired by Kier Starmer, which examined teenage intimate abuse. Dr Tapley continues to undertake research with victims of crime and continues to work closely with a range of victim support services and criminal justice professionals. In January 2014, Dr Tapley was invited to become a Non-Executive Director of HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI). Through her research and experience of working with CPS Wessex, she has developed a good knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the work and challenges that the CPS faces. She views her role with HMCPSI as providing an opportunity to present the perspectives of victims of crime and other service users of the CPS and to enhance the quality of these services. 

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice – Level 5 Optional Unit, FTUG
  • Victimology: Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System - Level 6 Core Unit, DLUG
  • MSc Dangerous Offenders and Vulnerable Victims – campus-based optional unit


  • Victims of crime
  • Victims' perceptions and experiences of the criminal justice system
  • Evaluation of victim-centred policies and legislation
  • Victims' support services
  • Domestic abuse
  • Rape and sexual violence
  • Victims of fraud
  • Restorative justice
  • Female offenders
  • Gender, crime and victimisation

Jacki has recently completed a strategic needs assessment of victims’ support services for the South East Police and Crime Commissioners, to assist them in the process of undertaking responsibility for the local commissioning of victims’ support services from October 2014.


Research profile

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