Dr Wendy O’Brien lectures in Criminology and conducts research on human rights and children's access to justice. Wendy's research focuses on the legal and therapeutic responses to violence against children, with a particular emphasis on child sexual assault. Wendy also conducts research on the practical implementation of public policy, including evaluation of social sector service delivery to children in conflict with the law. Recent publications include scholarly articles in the International Journal of Children’s Rights, the Human Rights Law Review, The British Journal of Criminology and the Australian Journal of Human Rights. Prior to her appointment at Deakin, Wendy was Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Crime Commission where she conducted intelligence led research, and provided policy advice on issues of sexual violence and the wellbeing of children.
Wendy is the National Coordinator for the Human Rights Program of the United Nations Association of Australia.