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Family violence in domestic homicides: a case study of women who killed intimate partners post-legislative reform in Victoria, Australia

Tyson, Danielle, Kirkwood, Deborah and Mckenzie, Mandy 2016, Family violence in domestic homicides: a case study of women who killed intimate partners post-legislative reform in Victoria, Australia, Violence against women, In Press, pp. 1-25, doi: 10.1177/1077801216647796.

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Title Family violence in domestic homicides: a case study of women who killed intimate partners post-legislative reform in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Tyson, Danielle
Kirkwood, Deborah
Mckenzie, Mandy
Journal name Violence against women
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05-18
ISSN 1552-8448
Keyword(s) family violence
intimate partner murder
law reform
self-defense
Summary This article examines the impact of legislative reforms enacted in 2005 in Victoria, Australia, on legal responses to women charged with murder for killing their intimate partner. The reforms provided for a broader understanding of the context of family violence to be considered in such cases, but we found little evidence of this in practice. This is partly attributable to persistent misconceptions among the legal profession about family violence and why women may believe it necessary to kill a partner. We recommend specialized training for legal professionals and increased use of family violence evidence to help ensure women's claims of self-defense receive appropriate responses from Victorian courts.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1077801216647796
Field of Research 160203 Courts and Sentencing
Socio Economic Objective 940405 Law Reform
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084104

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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