Sexual Crime: Prevention, Reintegration and Desistance


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There have been major theoretical developments in the social sciences since the early 2000s (e.g., the emergence of strength-based theories in forensic contexts), which arguably can and should inform policy and practice. Despite this, there has been a disconnect between strength-based theory, policy and practice, notable through aspects of the oftentimes punitive community/public protection model, as one example. As such, we, as editors, are interested in nuances surrounding continuity and change in relation to policy and practice responses to preventing and/or responding to sexual crime. As such, we are seeking contributions in relation to how influential theoretical ideas relating to rehabilitation and reintegration have continued to inform, frame and challenge contemporary policy and practice.

Therefore, this special issue seeks to capture applied research that utilises an established strength-oriented theoretical perspective(s), such as the Good Lives Model (Ward & Mann, 2004) and the integrative theory of desistance from sexual offending (Göbbels et al., 2012). Overall, we are keen to review contributions that can offer a meaningful and novel synthesis between theory, research, policy, and practice. The special issue also places a firm emphasis on the requirement for contributions to involve and champion individuals in the early stages of their research career. This extends to practitioners from forensic contexts, who similarly may be new to research and academia. In practice, contributions should include one or more individuals who self-define as being early career. 

  • The overarching aims of the special issue are as follows: 
  • To identify novel applied research exploring issues relating to sexual crime, prevention, reintegration, and desistance. 
  • To provide a dissemination platform for early career researchers engaging in applied criminological research to inform policy and practice. 
  • To promote evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice in relation to sexual crime, prevention, reintegration, and desistance.

List of Topic Areas

  • Prevention; 
  • Sexual Crime; 
  • Desistance; 
  • Reintegration, resettlement and through-care; 
  • Rehabilitation

Submission Information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available here.

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see here.

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”.

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Opening: 31st Aug 2023
Closing: 31st August 2024

Guest Editors

Kirsty Teague, Centre for Criminology and Social Policy, University of Derby, Derby, UK.
Luke P Vinter, Centre for Criminology and Social Policy, University of Derby, Derby, UK.