Prior to joining the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, Dr. Tapley worked as a Probation Officer in Dorset.

Her teaching and research focuses on victims of crime, victimology, and professional culture and practices in criminal justice. Her specialist areas include victims of sexual violence, domestic abuse and fraud, the role of victims in the criminal justice system, victims’ experiences, and the implementation of policies and legislation. She works closely with the police and the CPS, and is the Independent Facilitator for the Wessex CPS VAWG Scrutiny Panel and a member of the Hampshire Victim and Witness Working Group (a subcommittee of the LCJB). She is a member of the Victim Commissioner’s Advisory Board, and a trustee for Aurora New Dawn, a domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking charity. She has recently undertaken an evaluation of the Devon and Cornwall PCC Victim Care Model and is working in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary to develop a Victim Update App, to improve communication and the provision of information between the police and victims of crime.