Changing laws on gender and violence
It has long been assumed that family violence carried out in private was none of our business – that what happened in families should remain behind closed doors. Thanks to Monash researcher Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, that’s no longer the case.
Kate has demonstrated through her work that the partial defence of provocation and defensive homicide was providing an avenue for men who killed their female partners to avoid being charged with murder.
She was instrumental in providing evidence that lead to reforming these laws and as a result it’s now much harder for men to escape the full responsibility of their actions.
In Criminology when we fight for change and what’s right we ensure justice and truth are not victims of societal norms.