New Publication – Understanding Romance Fraud: Insights from Domestic Violence Literature

 Cassandra Cross, Molly Dragiewicz and Kelly Richards have recently had an article published in the British Journal of Criminology. The article is the first to examine romance fraud from within the framework of psychological abuse, as established in domestic violence research.


Romance fraud affects thousands of victims globally, yet few scholars have studied it. The dynamics of relationships between victims and offenders are not well understood, and the effects are rarely discussed. This article adapts the concept of psychological abuse from studies of domestic violence to better understand romance fraud. Using interviews with 21 Australian romance fraud victims, we show how offenders use non-violent tactics to ensure compliance with ongoing demands for money. This article identifies similarities and differences between domestic violence and romance fraud. We argue that thinking through domestic violence and romance fraud together offers potential benefits to both bodies of research.

 The full article can be found here



Latest Issue of the British Journal of Criminology Available Now with Featured Article by CJRC Members

British Journal of Criminology

The latest issue of the British Journal of Criminology has just been published with the featured article “Southern Criminology” by the CJRC’s Professor Kerry Carrington, Professor Russell Hogg and Adjunct Professor Máximo Sozzo. 

This issue also includes a book review of “Sex, Love and Abuse: Discourses on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” by the CJRC’s Associate Professor Sharon Hayes.

To view the articles in this issue, click here.