My research focuses on gender and violence; legal responses to intimate partner homicide; domestic homicide and law reform; and young people’s use of social media.
I joined the Department of Criminology in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University in 2007. Prior to this I taught Criminology at the University of Brighton, England and at the University of Melbourne, Australia and Legal Studies at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.
I am involved in a number of research projects that focus on gendered violence and homicide.
I am co-convening, with Professor Thea Brown (Department of Social Work), the inaugural international conference Addressing Filicide: Inaugural International Conference for Cross National Dialogue. This conference will be held at the Monash Centre in Prato, Italy from May 30-31, 2013. The conference will address the unresolved socio-legal problem of filicide: the act of a parent or equivalent killing a child. The conference will initiate cross national and inter-professional dialogues between researchers (from services and academia), policy leaders and developers, (governmental and non-governmental) and professionals from legal, court, child protection, child and family welfare, health and mental health services.
Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation
I have just published, Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation, with Routledge-Cavendish (2013) as part of their Discourses of Law series. The book examines one of the most controversial doctrines within the criminal law: the partial defence of provocation. The partial provocaiton defence has long been said to operate as a classic apology for male violence against women, and other men. In response to criticisms of provocation, it has now been abolished in a number of international jurisdictions. Addressing the trajectory of debates about reform of the provocation defence across different jurisdictions, Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation is one of the first to analyse provocation cases. In the book, I show how in such cases the defendant attempts to shift part of the blame onto the victim by relying on a variety of stock stories, such as the nagging woman, the unfaithful or departing wife, or a woman who impugns his masculinity.
- Member, The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
- Member, The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Inc.