Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.   -- Pete Seeger

After being impacted by a serious crime herself, Ann returned to study in her 20’s and has since gone on to become a respected authority on the social and human impacts of crime. Ann’s honours dissertation Honouring Survival: Is there a Rule Book? was awarded the Grace Vaughan Award for 2001.

Ann’s recent PhD thesis A Retrospective Exploration of the Formal and Informal Social Supports Received: Experiences of Secondary Victims of Homicide in England and Australia has been referred to as ground breaking by many.  The following comment reflects just a little of Ann’s unique perspective of victims of crime issues.

I would like to congratulate Ann for addressing the problem of secondary victimization by homicide in general.  It is an area of research and practice that is critical, but for which there is much that remains to be done.  The issue of support is certainly a priority when attempting to determine best practices for response to this population and Ms O’Neill has done an excellent job of outlining potential sources of support and highlight how various interactions can be helpful or lacking.

Ann creates thoughtful, engaging and well researched presentations on the ripple effects of crime that work to improve understanding and advocacy in this area. She has presented on this topic around the world to much acclaim.