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, mobile technologies and gender politics.

    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.

    Currently Danielle is involved in three research projects that focus on gendered violence and homicide: Domestic Homicide and Law Reform; the Monash Filicide Research Project and Youth, mobile technologies and gender politics: young people’s beliefs about gender and ethical use of communication technologies

    News and events:

    In September, 2014 Dr Danielle Tyson attended The Power to Persuade Symposium which is an annual forum that connects government, academics and the community sector to discuss how to co-create better social policy. This year The Power to Persuade focused on practical strategies for working across sectors to improve social policy design, implementation and outcomes. The comprehensive one-day program included a range of expert presenters, panels and workshops. Visit: powertopersuade follow PTP on Twitter @powertopersuade

    In December 2013, Dr Danielle Tyson, Dr Debbie Kirkwood and Mandy McKenzie from the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) published a Discussion Paper entitled, Justice or Judgement? The Impact of Victorian Homicide Law Reforms on Responses to Women Who Kill Their Intimate Partners (DVRCV 2013). The discussion paper examines whether the reforms were working as intended, and 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).

    In October 2013, Dr Danielle Tyson spoke about the preliminary findings from the “Youth, Mobile Technologies and Gender Politics” research project at a Monash University Faculty of Arts business breakfast, Preventing Violence Against Women & Girls – a Multidisciplinary Approach: working in partnership with law makers, support services and policy makers, on Wednesday 9th October, held in the Melbourne CBD at the Park Hyatt. The breakfast brought together a wide audience from local and state government, Victoria Police and various NGOs to hear a keynote address by Victoria Police Commissioner Ken Lay as well as presentations from Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher (Director, Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research), Professor Jacqui True, Dr Danielle Tyson and Professor Sharon Pickering.

    Dr Tyson’s book, Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation, was 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 2012, Danielle’s book, Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation, was shortlisted for the Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize.


    • The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
    • The Socio-Legal Studies Association
    • The Homicide Research Working Group
    • The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Inc.


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