Dr Danielle Tyson

  • Dr Danielle Tyson’s research focuses on gender, violence and culture; legal responses to intimate partner homicide; homicide law reform; filicide in the context of separation; and youth, gender politics and mobile technologies.

    Danielle joined the Department of Criminology in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University in 2007. Prior to this she taught Criminology at the University of Brighton, England and at the University of Melbourne, Australia and Legal Studies at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.

    A new Discussion Paper by Danielle Tyson and Mandy McKenzie and Debbie Kirkwood (DVRCV), Justice or Judgement? The Impact of Victorian Homicide Law Reforms on Responses to Women Who Kill Their Intimate Partners (DVRCV 2013), examines whether the reforms were working as intended. The research finds that, while there are some encouraging signs, family violence is still poorly understood. Click here for a PDF copy of the Discussion Paper which can also be downloaded as a PDF from the DVRCV website (www.dvrcv.org.au).

    Danielle’s book, Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation, has just been published 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 provocation 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, She shows 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.

    Danielle’s book was shortlisted for the Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize in 2013.

    Danielle is involved in a number of research projects that focus on gendered violence and homicide.

    Offices Held

    • Member, The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
    • Member, The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
    • Member, The Socio-Legal Studies Association


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