Diane Crocker

Personal Profile


  • Professor Full-Time Faculty
  • Chair, Department of Criminology
  • Research Fellow: Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, University of New Brunswick
  • Research Associate Restorative Research, Innovation
    and Education Lab, Dalhousie University Schulich
    School of Law
  • Ph.D. (Sociology) York University, 2002
    M.A (Sociology) York University, 1997
    B.A. (Anthropology) Memorial University, 1992

Diane Crocker holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from York University. Her research areas include restorative justice, rape culture, gender-based violence, criminal harassment, and the use of law to address social problems, particularly those that disproportionately affect women. She has worked on projects in the following areas:

  • Restorative justice in youth criminal justice, prisons, and schools.
  • Program evaluation and participatory research processes
  • Domestic violence policies and intervention programs;
  • Sexual violence on university campuses
  • Justice values among victims/survivors of gender-based violence

She is currently a member of iMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus (https://www.mcgill.ca/definetheline/impacts), past contributor to the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative (https://www.cdhpi.ca/) and sat on the Policy and Research Advisory Board for the Mass Casualty Commission (https://masscasualtycommission.ca/). She regularly advises government and community agencies on projects related the gender-based violence. In recent years, Dr. Crocker has led the evaluation of Nova Scotia’s Standing Together initiative which will be developing a provincial domestic violence action plan for the province. She is also working closly with universities across Nova Scotia and developing effective sexual violence prevention and response policies and a multi-university exploration of students’ experiences.

Her recent book Violence Interrupted, co-edited with Joanne Minaker and Amanda Nelund, provides a collection of essays about researcher related to campus sexual violence in Canada.


Follow Dr. Crocker on Twitter @smudianecrocker
Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Diane Crocker CV

Current Projects

Research Contracts and Collaborations:

Evaluation of the policies and programs aimed at addressing campus sexual violence (funded by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education)

Evaluation of Standing Together a provincial government initiative related to domestic violence (funded by the NS Advisory Council on the Status of Women)

Academic Research Grants:

iMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Campus Sexual Violence
SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant

Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative
SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant

Recent Reports

Crocker, D. and Lowe, K. (2023) Learning from Students’ Experiences: Changing Campus Culture. Submitted to the Provincial Sexual Violence Prevention Committee (19 pp.)

Crocker, D., & Ternoway, H. (2022). Standing Together: Learning About What it will Take to Prevent Domestic Violence in Nova Scotia. Submitted to the Nova Soctia Advisory Council on the Statis of Women (26 pp.) https://novascotia.ca/standingtogether/

Recent Publications

Crocker, D., Minaker, J., & Nelund, A. (2020). Violence Interrupted : Confronting Sexual Violence on University Campuses.McGill-Queen's University Press.

Crocker, D., & Dufour, G. (2023). Developing campus anti-violence policies: Lessons learned from the criminalization of domestic and sexual violence. In C. Dietzel & S. Shariff (Eds.) Interupting Sexual Violence: The Power of Law, Education and Media. (pp 3-24). Peter Lang Publisher.

Crocker, D., & Silbey, M. (2020). Transforming Campus Rape Culture: Lessons from Complexity Theory. In S. Marine & R. Lewis (Eds.), Collaborating for Change: Transforming Cultures to End Gender Based Violence in Higher Education (pp. 23-46). Oxford University Press.

Crocker, D. (2020). Telling Stories and Making Sense of Campus Culture. In Violence Interrupted: Confronting Sexual Violence on University Campuses (pp. 371-388). McGill University Press.


Course Listing

  • Criminology 2304 - Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • Criminology 3102 - Quantitative Research Methods
  • Criminology 3100 – Qualitative Research Methods
  • Criminology 3205 - Restorative Justice in Theory
  • Criminology 4205 - Restorative Justice in Practice



Contact us

Faculty of Arts
Department of Criminology
McNally South 424
Mailing address:
923 Robie Street