Melissa Willoughby is a PhD candidate in the Justice Health Unit at the University of Melbourne, supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Melissa also holds a research assistant position in the Centre for Adolescent Health at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her research interests centre around the health of marginalised populations and violence prevention. Her current research examines violence-related death and morbidity among adults and young people exposed to the criminal justice system. She received First Class Honours in Justice and Criminology at RMIT University for her thesis examining the health, welfare and criminal justice service contacts among people who suicided after release from prison.