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Sharon Hayes

Associate Professor
Queensland University of Technology

Sharon has been researching and teaching criminology, criminal justice and ethics for over twenty years. Her research interests include social ethics, domestic violence, and gender, crime and sexuality, and she has published five books around those themes. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her family and Charlie the chocolate labrador.


Dr. Sharon Hayes has been researching and teaching in the areas of criminal justice, criminology, moral philosophy and ethics for the past twenty years and has qualifications in political science, philosophy and ethics. Over the past decade she has developed a focused research profile and track record of publications in the areas of sexuality/gender studies, specifically sex and crime, domestic violence and social constructions of romantic love and abuse. Recent books include Criminal Justice Ethics: Cultivating the Moral Imagination (Routledge 2015), Sex Love and Abuse: Discourses on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Palgrave 2014), Sex, Crime and Morality (Routledge, 2012), The Politics of Sex Trafficking: A moral geography (Palgrave, 2013), and Social Ethics for Legal and Justice Professionals (Pearson Education Australia, 2006). Sharon’s current research interests include the theoretical and moral underpinnings of intimate partner abuse, and she has a monograph on the topic forthcoming, titled Romantic Terrorism: An Auto-ethnography of Domestic Violence Victimization and Survival (Palgrave). Sharon also  teaches JSB175 Social Ethics and the Justice System and JSN184 Sex and Crime. She won Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    criminal justice ethics
    gender and crime
    domestic violence
    sexual assault

Personal Interests

    Sharon enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, woodworking and travelling the world!



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Social Moralities and Discursive Constructions of Female Sex Offenders

Published: Jun 11, 2015 by Sexualities
Authors: Sharon Hayes and Belinda Carpenter
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice

This article explores legal, scholarly and social responses to women identified as sex offenders. We identify contradictory public discourses where perceptions of female child abusers in particular often succumb to moral panic, in spite of many such offenders being given lenient sentences for their crimes. An examination of the discursive construction of female child abusers suggests that these contradictions are informed by underlying assumptions concerning harm and subjectivity in sex crimes.

New Criminal Law Review

Harm, Responsibility, Age and Consent

Published: Jun 11, 2015 by New Criminal Law Review
Authors: Belinda Carpenter, Erin O'Brien, Sharon Hayes and Jodi Death
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice

his article explores the contradictory ways in which adolescents just under the age of consent are represented in illegal sexual relations with both men and women who are over the age of consent. We are specifically interested in the ways in which the gender of the adolescent and the adult affect public perceptions, legal responses and perceptions of harm of sexual relations.

International Journal of Criminology and Sociology

Why Do They Keep Going Back? Exploring Women's Discursive Experiences of Intimat

Published: Jun 11, 2015 by International Journal of Criminology and Sociology
Authors: Sharon Hayes and Samantha Jeffries
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice

This paper explores how different discourses of intimate partner abuse (IPA) may impact women’s decisions to stay or leave their partners. More specifically, we ask: 1) what narratives are available to and used by heterosexual and non-heterosexual female survivors of IPA to make sense of their experiences? 2) How might these narratives impact women’s ability, or lack thereof, to disengage from their abusive partners?