About Me

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Michael O’Connell AM (Member of the Order of Australia) APM (Australia Police Medal) MPubPol (with Distinction) BSocSc FGLF (Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation) is a consulting Victimologist; Victim Advocate for Second Chances SA; Member of the International Network of Services for Victims of Terrorism; and, Foundation Board Member of Victim Support Asia.

He is also a White Ribbon Ambassador (since 2008) and Patron, Love Hope and Gratitude Foundation.

Michael served as the inaugural Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, South Australia (2006-2018).  Before that appointment, he served as the state’s first Victims of Crime Co-ordinator and while employed as a police officer he was appointed the state’s first Victim Impact Statement Co-ordinator.

Further, Michael is a life member and current Secretary-General for the World Society of Victimology (WSV).  He also chairs the WSV United Nations Liaison Committee.  Michael has served as an ‘expert’ volunteer with the United Nations on projects, including the revision of the Handbook on Justice for Victims of Crime and the drafting on a handbook to help NGOs and others in Asia-Pacific assist and protect victims of terrorism.

He is also a Vice President for the NGO Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice that is affiliated with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Vienna Austria and the United Nations, New York.

Michael lectures and writes in the field of Victimology and criminal justice, as well as volunteers as a journal editor (e.g. Journal of Victimology and Victim Justice).

In 1995 he was awarded the Australia Police Medal (APM) for his work to advance responses to the needs of victims of crime. He was one of four finalist-nominees for the South Australia Australian of the Year 2004.  In 2010 he received Victim Support Australasia’ national award for advancing Victimology and promoting victims’ rights; and, in 2017 he became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). In 2018, the World Society of Victimology presented Michael with the Irene Melup Certificate of Appreciation. In 2019, he again was one of four finalist-nominees for the South Australia Australian of the Year 2020.

As an Australia Day Ambassador, Michael has attended Australia Day events across South Australia in, among other places, Coober Pedy, Cooper Triangle, Millicent and Norwood.

CV 2018.MOConnell

Email michael_oconnell@consultingvictimologist.com

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