Reshaping the Australian judiciary's understanding of intimate partner violence

Project summary - RP.17.10

This project aims to develop a basis for alternative judicial reasoning in the High Court in a test case concerning intimate partner violence. Using Western Australia v Liyanage (2016) WASC 12 as a test case, a synthesis of research about intimate partner violence as coercive control and as a form of social entrapment will be organised into legal arguments about the law of self-defence. 


Project lead

Associate Professor Stella Tarrant, University of Western Australia

Research expertise

  1. Professor Julia Tolmie, University of Auckland

Practice expertise

  1. Mr George Giudice, George Giudice Law Chambers 

Priority populations

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women, women who are, or have been, incarcerated (as explicit topic).

Project length

1-2 years