Dr Kelly Richards is a Senior Lecturer in Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Law, School of Justice. She completed a PhD on restorative justice at Western Sydney University in 2007 and in 2010 was awarded the ACT Government Office for Women Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellowship to study Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) in Canada, the USA and the UK. Her current research, funded by Australia's National Organisation for Women’s Safety (with Dr Jodi Death, Queensland University of Technology, and Professor Kieran McCartan, University of the West of England) includes the first study into CoSA in Australia. This research also examines the role of cultural mentoring support for Indigenous offenders released under Queensland’s Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2006 as well as the views of victim/survivors of sexual violence on sex offender reintegration broadly and on CoSA specifically. Dr Richards has also undertaken research on public opinion about CoSA and the causes of child sexual abuse, and the role of identity change in the desistance narratives of sexual offenders.