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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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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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To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


RP.17.10

Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

Completed
June 2019

This project examines the theories of intimate partner violence (IPV) that are typically relied on when women are charged with homicide of their abusive partner and compare them with established theories of IPV, including intimate partner sexual violence.


Using The State of Western Australia v. Liyanage (2016) as a case study, the researchers demonstrate how social entrapment as a conceptual framework for understanding IPV provides the basis for accurately assessing whether a defendant was acting in self-defence.

The project examines the history of the common law to demonstrate why outmoded paradigms of violence and self-defence may persist in homicide trials in this context.


Researchers

Project lead

Associate Professor Stella Tarrant, University of Western Australia

Research expertise

Professor Julia Tolmie, University of Auckland

Practice expertise

Mr George Giudice, George Giudice Law Chambers


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RESEARCH SUMMARY

Women who kill abusive partners: Understandings of intimate partner violence in the context of self-defence. Key findings and future directions

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RESEARCH REPORT

Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

Content note: This research report contains descriptions of physical and sexual violence, and child abuse.

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see also

PRESENTATION SLIDES

Thinking differently in order to see accurately: Explaining why we are convicting women we might otherwise be burying

Professor Julia Tolmie
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PRESENTATION SLIDES

Why intimate partner violence is difficult to see as grounds for self-defence: Old common law legacies

Associate Professor Stella Tarrant
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VIDEO

Seminar: Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

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PODCAST

Podcast: Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

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Report launch

On 27 June, ANROWS launched the report Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence, the related research to policy and practice paper, Women who kill abusive partners: Understandings of intimate partner violence in the context of self-defence-Key findings and future directions, and exhibition Uncertainty II. Attendees were welcomed by Michelle Nelson-Cox and heard from the researchers, Associate Professor Stella Tarrant and Professor Julia Tolmie.


Priority populations

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

Budget

$26,216

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2017 core grant round.

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Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
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