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‘Out of character?’ Legal responses to intimate partner homicides

‘Out of character?’ Legal responses to intimate partner homicides

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How is family violence recognised in legal responses to intimate partner homicides?

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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

Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, and a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 1988 to 2009.

Profile - Victorian Law Reform Commission


Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor

Faculty of Law, Monash University

Bronwyn has taught, researched and written extensively on criminal law and gender, particularly on homicide laws. 

Profile - Monash University

Dr Danielle Tyson

Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in Criminology in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University.

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)

Profiles: Deakin

Dr Debbie Kirkwood and Mandy McKenzie

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

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.

DVRCV Research Unit


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The research was funded by Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program.

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Thursday, 5 May 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Extra info: 

Refreshments will be provided.


Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD






Please RSVP by Monday 2 May below