School of Social and Cultural Studies

AProf Jan Jordan

Associate Professor
School of Social and Cultural Studies

Phone: 04 463 5811
Location: Room 1117A, Murphy Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

AProf Jan Jordan

Teaching in 2016

CRIM 324 - Sexual Violence
Course Lecturer

CRIM 419 - Gender and Crime
Course Coordinator


MA (Cant), Dip Crim (Auck), PhD (VUW)

Research Specialties

Women, rape and the police; sex work; gender issues in crime and policing.

Current Research

Police responses to rape/sexual violation; women surviving rape; researching sexual violence; prostitution law reform.

Recent Publications

Jordan, J., & Mossman, E. (2016). Skills for Safety: An evaluation of the value, impact and outcomes of girls' and women's self defence in the community. Wellington, NZ: Women’s Self Defence Network – Wāhine Toa. 

Jordan, J. (2015). Justice for Rape Victims? The spirit may be willing but the flesh is weak. In Crime, Victims and Policy: International Contexts, Local Experiences (pp. 84-106). Palgrave Macmillan

Jordan, J, (2015) The long and winding road: Improving police responses to women's rape allegations, Critical issues on violence against women, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Jordan, J. (2014). Beyond Belief?: Police, Rape and Women’s Credibility. In D. Canter (Ed.), Criminal Psychology. Volume Three: Violent Crimes. Los Angeles: Sage

Jordan, J, ‘From victim to survivor – and from survivor to victim: Reconceptualising the survivor journey’, Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 5, 2 (2013) pp. 48-57.

Jordan. Jan (2012), Review of Pamela Davies, Gender, Crime and VictimisationAustralian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 45 (2): 286-289.

Jordan, J, ‘Silencing rape, silencing women’, in Brown, J & Walklate, S (eds), Handbook of Sexual Violence.  (London: Routledge  ISBN: 9780415670722, 2012), pp. 253-286.

Jordan J, Sex work, in Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand (2011).

Jordan J, Here we go round the review-go-round: rape investigation and prosecution - are things getting worse not better?, Journal of Sexual Aggression, 17, 3, November (2011), pp. 234-249.

Kingi V, Mossman S, Jordan J, Challenging rape myths: key findings from a New Zealand study, Te Awatea Review, 8, 1-2, December (2010), pp. 26-31.

Jordan Jan, 'Of whalers, diggers and 'soiled doves': a history of the sex industry in New Zealand', in Taking the Crime out of Sex Work : New Zealand sex workers' fight for decrimininalisation, edited by Gillian Abel, Lisa Fitzgerald, Catherine Healy, with Aline Taylor (Bristol, The Policy Press, 2010), pp. 25-44.

Jordan Jan, 'Susan Brownmiller', in Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology (London, Routledge, 2010), pp. 214-220.

Jordan Jan, 'Lest we forget: recognising and validating victims' needs', in Addressing the Causes of Offending - What is the Evidence? (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, School of Government, 2009), pp. 147-156.

Jordan Jan, 'Worlds apart? Women, rape and the police reporting process', in Victims and Victimisation: A Reader (Maidenhead, Open University Press, 2009), pp. 93-118.

Jordan Jan, 'Sexual assault', in The Sage dictionary of POLICING (London, Sage, 2009), pp. 289-291.

Jordan , Jan, The Sex Industry in New Zealand: A Literature Review. (Wellington: Ministry of Justice, 2005).

Jordan, Jan, 'Beyond Belief? Police, Rape and Women's Credibility', Criminal Justice, 4: 1 (2004), pp. 29-59.

Jordan, Jan, 'What would MacGyver do? The Meaning(s) of Resistance and Survival’, Violence Against Women, 11:4 (2005), pp. 531-559.

Jordan, Jan, 'The Word of a Woman? Police, Rape and Belief', (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Jordan, Jan, 'Will Any Woman Do? Police, Gender and Rape Victims', Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 25, 2 (2002), pp. 314-319.

Jordan,  Jan, 'Worlds Apart? Women, Rape and the Reporting Process', British Journal of Criminology, 4, 41 (2001), pp. 679-706.

Jordan,  Jan, True 'Lies' and False 'Truths': Women, Rape and the Police (PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2001).

Jordan,  Jan, 'Perfect victims and perfect policing?', Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand, 15 (March 2001), pp. 4-6.

Jordan,  Jan, 'Flora McKenzie', in Claudia Orange (ed), The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

Jordan,  Jan, Rape and Sexual Assault: An Overview of the New Zealand Situation (Report prepared for the Ministry of Women's Affairs, Wellington, 1999), 41 pp.

Jordan,  Jan, Reporting Rape: Women's Experiences with the Police, Doctors and Support Agencies (Wellington, Institute of Criminology, 1998), 97 pp.

Jordan,  Jan, 'Women who kill', in Ronda Bungay (ed), Scarecrows: Why Women Kill (Auckland, Random House, 1998), pp. 96-104.

Jordan,  Jan, ' "There's not a lot of Justice in the System": Rape Victims' Views and the Police Response', in Rosemary Du Plessis and Geoff Fougere (eds), Politics, Policy and Practice: Essays in Honour of Bill Wilmott (Christchurch, University of Canterbury, 1998), pp. 27-41.

Jordan,  Jan, 'The story of women who kill is the story of women', Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand, 10 (September 1998), pp. 15-16.

Jordan,  Jan, (script-writer and co-director) 'Cut It Out', a short film about self-mutilation and child sexual abuse (Wellington, NZ, 1998), 18 min.

Jordan,  Jan, 'User Pays: Why Men Buy Sex', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 30, 1 (1997), pp. 55-71.

Jordan,  Jan, 'Rape complaints and police client satisfaction: are they compatible?' Part 2, Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand, 9 (March 1998), pp. 14-16.

Jordan,  Jan, 'Rape complaints and police client satisfaction: are they compatible?' Part 1, Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand, 8 (September 1997), pp. 13-14.

Jordan,  Jan, 'Women, rape and false complaints', Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand, 7 (March 1997), pp. 11-12.

Jordan,  Jan, Working Girls: Women in the New Zealand Sex Industry Talk to Jan Jordan (Auckland, Penguin Books [New Zealand], 1991), 275pp.

Memberships, Appointments and Other Work

  • Member of Editorial Board for Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

  • Regularly participates in training sessions for police officers and for members of community groups working with rape survivors

  • Appointed to the Prostitution Review Committee, established in January 2006

  • Associate Member of the Crime and Justice Research Centre, 2000-present

Recent Awards

  • Literati Club Award of Excellence for the "Most Outstanding Paper" published in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 2002

  • Victoria University Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999