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Out of Character? Legal responses to intimate partner homicides by men in Victoria 2005-2014

McKenzie, Mandy, Kirkwood, Deborah, Tyson, Danielle and Naylor, Bronwyn 2016, Out of Character? Legal responses to intimate partner homicides by men in Victoria 2005-2014, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title Out of Character? Legal responses to intimate partner homicides by men in Victoria 2005-2014
Author(s) McKenzie, Mandy
Kirkwood, Deborah
Tyson, Danielle
Naylor, Bronwyn
Publication date 2016
Issue number 10
Total pages 155
Publisher Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary This report reviews 51 cases of intimate partner homicide by men in Victoria, from 2005-2014, to investigate how family violence is recognised in homicide prosecutions. Research and death reviews in Australia and overseas have found that systemic failures in legal responses to family violence contribute to intimate partner homicides. In 2010, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and Monash University began a project to explore the impact of the 2005 homicide law reforms on intimate partner homicides. The first phase of the project examined cases of women who killed their intimate partners, focusing on whether the reforms had improved the recognition of family violence victimisation as a factor. This report presents findings from the second phase, which examines legal responses to men who have killed in the context of sexual intimacy. In analysing the cases, it looks at key contextual factors, legal outcomes, family violence risk factors, how prior family violence is understood and discussed by legal professionals, how evidence of prior family violence is used by the prosecution and whether it is admitted as evidence, the types of arguments and narratives made in defence of the accused, the recognition of family violence through the sentencing process, and the use of provocation as a mitigating factor.
ISSN 1441-0206
Language eng
Field of Research 160203 Courts and Sentencing
Socio Economic Objective 940405 Law Reform
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2016, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083296

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Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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