Jan Jordan

Adjunct Professor
School of Social and Cultural Studies

Teaching in 2020


MA Cant, Dip Crim Auck, PhD Well

Research specialties

Women’s experiences as victims and survivors of rape; police and justice system responses to sexual violence; impact of historical legacies and socio-cultural contexts as barriers to rape reform.


Jan Jordan (previously Robinson) joined the Institute of Criminology as a Research Fellow in 1986. She was appointed as lecturer in 1989 to teach a range of courses before moving on to specialise in gender and crime. Her first book, Working Girls (1991) was the first to present sex workers’ own accounts of their work in New Zealand.

Since then Jan has conducted multiple studies in the sexual violence area, with a particular interest in police responses to women victimised by rape. She has also undertaken research on women’s survival post-rape as well as on feminist self defence.

Current research

Jan is currently involved in multiple studies associated with her Marsden award, Rape, Silencing and Objectification: A socio-cultural analysis of barriers to rape reform. This includes analyses of pornography, women’s magazines, and rape in the news print media, as well as an analysis of police rape files.

Current Teaching

Jan is not teaching in 2018 due to both the final year of the Marsden research and a period of Research and Study Leave.

Selected publications


Jordan, J. (2008). Serial Survivors: Women's narratives of surviving rape. Annandale: The Federation Press.

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

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


Jordan, J., & Mossman, E. (2018). “Get Out of My Home and Don’t Come Back!” Empowering Women Through Self-Defense. Violence Against Women. doi:10.1177/1077801218768712

Jordan, J. (2018). Reflexivity and Emotion in Qualitative Research: Learning from victim/survivors of rape. SAGE Research Methods Cases, (Part 2). doi:10.4135/9781526440204

Jordan, J., & Mossman, E. (2017). “Don’t Ever Give Up!” Resisting Victimhood Through Self-Defense. Journal of Interpersonal Violence: concerned with the study and treatment of victims and perpetrators of physical and sexual violence. doi:10.1177/0886260517744760

Jordan, J., & Mossman, E. (2017). “Back Off Buddy, This Is My Body, Not Yours”: Empowering Girls Through Self-Defense. Violence Against Women: an international and interdisciplinary journal. doi:10.1177/1077801217741217

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

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

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

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

Jordan, J. (2010). Review of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude. Social and Legal Studies, 19(3), 391-393

Jordan, J. (2008). Perfect victims, perfect policing? Improving rape complainants' experiences of police investigations. Public Administration, 86(3), 699-719

Jordan, J. (2006). Rape, Reform and Resistance. The Journal for Women and Policing, (17), 27-33.

Jordan, J. (2006) In and Out of the Mincer: Review of Accusation: A wife's story by Mary Fielding (with Jane Westaway). Longacre Press. New Zealand Books: a quarterly review, 73(1): 17

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

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

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

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

Jordan, Jan (2001) 'Perfect victims and perfect policing?', Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand: a newsletter from the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, 15: 4-6.

Jordan, Jan (1998) 'The story of women who kill is the story of women', Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand: a newsletter from the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, 10: 15-16.

Jordan, Jan (1998) 'Rape complaints and police client satisfaction: are they compatible?' Part 2, Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand: a newsletter from the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, 9: 14-16.

Jordan, Jan (1997) 'Rape complaints and police client satisfaction: are they compatible?' Part 1, Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand: a newsletter from the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, 8: 13-14.

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

Jordan, Jan (1997) 'Women, rape and false complaints', Criminology Aotearoa/New Zealand: a newsletter from the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, 7: 11-12.


Jordan, J., & Mossman, E. (2019). Police Sexual Violence File Analysis Report. Wellington, N.Z.: Institute of Criminology.

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.

Mossman, S.E., & Jordan, J. (2013). Violence prevention project for young women clients of women’s refuge evaluation report. Report for Women's Self-defense Network - Wāhine Toa and National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges, Wellington.

Mossman, E., Jordan, J., MacGibbon, L., Kingi, V., & Moore, L. (2009). Responding to sexual violence: a review of literature on good practice. Wellington: Ministry of Women's Affairs.

Triggs, S., Mossman, E., Jordan, J., & Kingi, V. (2009). Responding to sexual violence: attrition in the New Zealand criminal justice system. Wellington: Ministry of Women's Affairs

Mossman, E., MacGibbon, L., Kingi, V., & Jordan, J. (2009). Responding to sexual violence: environmental scan of New Zealand agencies. Wellington: Ministry of Women's Affairs.

Kingi, V., & Jordan, J. (2009). Responding to sexual violence: pathways to recovery. Wellington: Ministry of Women's Affairs

Mossman, S., Mayhew, P., Rowe, M., & Jordan, J. (2008). Literature reviews about the barriers to recruiting a diverse police workforce. Wellington: New Zealand Police

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

Jordan, Jan (1999). 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, J. (2018). Surveying the Womanscape: Objectification, Self-Objectification, and Intimate Partner Violence. In K. Fitz-Gibbon, S. Walklate, J. McCulloch, & J. Maher (Eds.), Intimate Partner Violence, Risk and Security: Securing Women’s Lives in a Global World. Routledge

Jordan, J. (2015). Justice for Rape Victims? The spirit may be willing but the flesh is weak. In D. Wilson & S. Ross (Eds.) 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. In H. Johnson, B. S. Fisher & V. Jaquier (Eds.) 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. (2012) ‘Silencing rape, silencing women’, in Brown, J & Walklate, S (Eds), Handbook on Sexual Violence. (London: Routledge ISBN: 9780415670722), pp. 253-286.

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

Jordan Jan. (2010) 'Of whalers, diggers and 'soiled doves': a history of the sex industry in New Zealand', in G. Abel, L. Fitzgerald, C. Healy & A. Taylor (Eds.) Taking the Crime out of Sex Work : New Zealand sex workers' fight for decrimininalisation. Bristol: The Policy Press: 25-44.

Jordan Jan (2010) 'Susan Brownmiller', in K. Hayward, S. Maruna & J. Mooney (Eds.) Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology London: Routledge: 214-220

Jordan Jan (2009) '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: 147-156.

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

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

Jones, D., & Jordan, J. (2007). Police rocked by porn scandal. In D. Page, & T. Zorn (Eds.), Management Communication: New Zealand and Australian Case Studies. Auckland: Pearson: 50-60

Jordan, J. (2005). The disputed terrain between sex and rape. In A. Kirkman, & P. Maloney (Eds.), Sexuality down under: social and historical perspectives. Dunedin: Otago University Press: 165-183

Jordan, Jan (2000). 'Flora McKenzie', in Claudia Orange (Ed), The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume Five, 1941-1960. Auckland: Auckland University Press.

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

Jordan, Jan (1998) "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: Sociology Department, University of Canterbury: 27-41.


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

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.

Memberships, appointments and other work

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Violence against Women
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Group for the Family Violence Clearinghouse
  • Regular presenter at New Zealand Police Adult Sexual Assault Investigator training courses


  • Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Research Award, 2014: Rape, Silencing and Objectification: A socio-cultural analysis of barriers to rape reform
  • 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 Research, 2008
  • Victoria University Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999