‘Out of character?’ Legal responses to intimate partner homicides
How is family violence recognised in legal responses to intimate partner homicides?
Extensive reforms were made to homicide laws in Victoria in 2005, and more recently in 2014, to improve responses to homicides that occur in the context of family violence.
This forum will discuss the findings of the first comprehensive study of the impact of these changes in Victoria. The study by DVRCV and Monash University examined risk factors and legal responses in 51 homicides by men between 2005-2014. A history of family violence and relationship separation were key factors in these deaths.
Copies of the research report ‘Out of Character?' Legal responses to intimate partner homicides by men in Victoria 2005-2014 will be available to purchase on the day.
The forum will be chaired by the Honourable Phillip Cummins.
The Honourable Phillip Cummins
Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor
Bronwyn has taught, researched and written extensively on criminal law and gender, particularly on homicide laws.
Dr Danielle Tyson
Danielle's research interests include intimate partner homicide, filicide, family violence, feminist legal theory and criminological theory. She is the author of Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation (2013, Routledge)
Dr Debbie Kirkwood and Mandy McKenzie
Debbie has been a long-time advocate for homicide law reforms, was involved in the campaign to free Heather Osland, and her recent research includes a study of parents who kill their children in the context of separation (‘Just Say Goodbye’).
Mandy edits the DVRCV Advocate magazine and was co-author of the 2013 study Justice or Judgement? The impact of homicide law reforms on responses to women who kill intimate partners, with Dr Debbie Kirkwood and Dr Danielle Tyson.
Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD