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Dr Rachael Burgin

Senior Lecturer
Doctorate of Philosophy , Monash University, Australia


Dr Rachael Burgin is the lead researcher on the Reviewing ACT Policing processes relating to sexual violence in the ACT project. Contact for information. 

Dr Rachael Burgin is a senior lecturer in criminal justice and criminology at Swinburne Law School and the CEO of Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy (RASARA). She was awarded her PhD in 2019 from Monash University for her thesis exploring the ways that affirmative sexual consent has been adopted into law and translated into legal practice in rape trials in Victoria. Her research interests include legal responses to rape and sexual assault, consent law reform, gendered violence, feminist jurisprudence and the prevention of violence against women. Her work is among the first to critique the shift towards "objective" standards of reasonableness in rape law.

Research interests

Rape Law; Law Reform; Sexual Consent; Feminism; Feminist Law Reform; Sexual Offences; Court Responses; Affirmative Consent

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Children and young people as victim-survivors of family violence

Policing sexual violence

Prevention of gender-based violence

Rape and Sexual Violence: including alcohol and drug facilitated sexual violence; rape law reform; sexual consent; rape culture; legal and extra legal responses to sexual violence.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Law And Society And Socio-legal Research - 480405
  • Criminology - 440200
  • Other Law And Legal Studies - 489900

Teaching areas

Law;Criminology;Criminal Justice

Professional memberships

  • 2020 (current): President, Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy, Australia
  • 2020 - 2020: Expert Witness, Parliament of Australia, Australia

Further information



Also published as: Burgin, Rachael; Burgin, R.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Charting a way forward for the arc family violence app *; Safe and Equal Inc Fund Scheme
  • 2024: Developing systemic interventions for intimate partner financial abuse *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2023: RFQ - Child and Young Person-focused MARAM tool development *; Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • 2022: Interventions for young men and boys using IPV in early relationships: Analysing identification, referral and practices, and investigating motivating and protective factors fortargeted intervention *; Family Violence Research Grants: Phase 1
  • 2022: Reviewing ACT Policing Processes relating to sexual assault in the ACT *; Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety
  • 2022: Strengthening Victoria’s family violence risk assessment and information sharing: Understanding effective capability building to support MARAM implementation through the experiences of victim-survivors *; Family Violence Research Grants: Phase 1
  • 2021: RFQ: Preventing Financial Abuse of Women – Safety by Design *; Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • 2020: National Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women Survey Toolkit: Review and Contribution *; Respect Victoria

* Chief Investigator