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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



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Report launch: Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

Report launch: Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, 27th June 2019 - Thursday, 27th June 2019
  • Francis Burt Law Museum. Corner St Georges Tce & Barrack St, Perth, WA

Join ANROWS, The University of Western Australia and research partners for the launch of the research report Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence (IPV).

This report examines how and why changes to the law of self-defence have not had their intended effects. It explores how legal professionals and experts understand IPV, influencing which facts are selected and presented as relevant in the criminal process and the meaning made of those facts.

This report has been written to be an educational and training resource for law students, police, prosecution and defence lawyers, expert witnesses, and judges.

Report authors; Professor Julia Tolmie (The University of Auckland), and Associate Professor Stella Tarrant, (The University of Western Australia) will present on how understanding IPV as a form of social entrapment provides a more complete and accurate picture of facts involving IPV, and how it forms a proper basis for assessing whether a defendant was acting in self-defence.

Drinks and canapés will be served.

This is a free event.


The following afternoon, join researchers for a seminar, with particular focus on Western Australia v. Liyanage (2017) to explore the implications for practice. The seminar will offer an in-depth consideration of how better understandings of IPV can support the proper application of the criminal law.

Please note: There is a separate RSVP for the seminar. Please RSVP here to secure your attendance to the seminar.


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