Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and a Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at University of Liverpool. She is a Lead Researcher in the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and the Research Impact Director for the School of Social Sciences (Monash University). Kate leads the International Network Addressing Filial Violence with Associate Professor Rachel Condry (Oxford University). 

Kate completed her PhD at Monash in 2012, following which she was appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology in School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Kate has been a visiting scholar in the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University (2013), The Faculty of Law at University of Auckland (2015) and the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology (2015).

Kate conducts research in the area of family violence, legal responses to lethal violence, youth justice and the effects of homicide law and sentencing reform in Australian and international jurisdictions. This research is undertaken with a key focus on issues relating to gender, constructions of responsibility and justice. The findings of her research have been published in high impact criminology and law journals and presented at national and international criminology conferences. Kate has received funding to support her research from the Australian Research Council, Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s SafetyVictorian Women’s TrustVictorian Legal Services Board, and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. In 2015 Kate was awarded the prestigious Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to examine innovative and best practice legal responses to the prevention of intimate homicide in UK, United States and Canada.

Kate has advised on homicide law reform, family violence and youth justice reviews in several Australian jurisdictions. Kate’s 2014 sole-authored book, Homicide Law Reform, Gender and the Provocation Defence: A Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan), was cited by the High Court of Australia in Lindsay v The Queen [2015] HCA 16.

In 2018 Kate was appointed to the inaugural board of Respect Victoria. In 2016 Kate was appointed as a member of the Victorian Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions. She was previously a member of the Monash City Council Gender Equity Advisory Committee, Chair of the Barwon Centre against Sexual Assault Governance Board and a member of the Step Back Think Board of Directors. 

Visiting Posts

Visiting Fellow in the School of Justice (Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology) July 2015

Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Law (University of Auckland) June 2015

Visiting Academic at the Centre for Criminology (Faculty of Law, Oxford University) December 2013 – February 2014


Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University (awarded in 2008)

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University (awarded in 2012)

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University (awarded in 2013)

Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (awarded in 2015)