1st Edition

LGBTQ+ Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Edited By Matthew Ball, Henry F. Fradella Copyright 2024

    This book presents six scholarly examinations of emerging issues in criminology and criminal justice as they impact LGBTQ+ people. It brings together contributions from leading international researchers exploring the needs of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities in the criminal justice context.

    In addition to focusing on how sexual orientation and gender identity impact access to justice for LGBTQ+ persons, the book also explores how to improve the work of justice practitioners, policing, and corrections in ways that address the unique needs of LGBTQ+ clients. Specific chapters include: a study of support for myths about male rape victims and how indicators of intolerance might shape such beliefs; two examinations of police responses to same-sex intimate partner violence, including an exploration of the role of mandatory arrest policies; an investigation into the barriers LGBTQ+ people face when attempting to access police liaison officers; an analysis of how media coverage framed the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida; and suggestions for creating safer and more effective interventions for LGBTQ+ women and girls who are correctional clients.

    LGBTQ+ Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice will be a key resource for academics, researchers, and advanced students of criminology and criminal justice, law, victimology, policing, corrections, research methods, sociology, and media studies. The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal Criminal Justice Studies.


    Matthew Ball and Henry F. Fradella

    1. Male rape in context: measures of intolerance and support for male rape myths (MRMs)

    Christina DeJong, Skyler J. Morgan and Alison Cox

    2. Police response to same-sex intimate partner violence in the marriage equality era

    Lynn A. Addington  

    3. Domestic violence mandatory arrest policies and arrests for same-sex and opposite-sex intimate partner violence after legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States

    Alesha Durfee and Leigh Goodmark

    4. Barriers stopping LGBTI people from accessing LGBTI police liaison officers: analysing interviews with community and police

    Angela Dwyer, Matthew Ball, Murray Lee, Thomas Crofts and Christine Bond

    5. An act of terror and an act of hate: national elite and populace newspaper framing of pulse nightclub shooting

    Jace L. Valcore and Kevin Buckler   

    6. What staff need to know: using elements of gender responsive programming to create safer environments for system-involved LGBTQ girls and women

    Lindsay Kahle Semprevivo and Jill Leslie Rosenbaum


    Matthew Ball is a foundational scholar in queer criminology, researching at the intersections of sexuality, gender, and justice. He is the author of Criminology and Queer Theory: Dangerous Bedfellows?, co-editor of Queering Criminology and four other edited volumes in queer criminology.

    Henry F. Fradella is the author or co-author of 12 books and nearly 120 articles, reviews, book chapters, and scholarly commentaries on legal issues in criminal justice. He specializes in the intersection of law with the social sciences, most frequently with emphases in either forensic psychology or human sexuality.