Intimate partner homicide

Securing women’s lives: Preventing intimate partner homicide
Investigators: Professor Jude McCulloch, Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher, Professor Sandra Walklate

Project contacts: Professor Jude McCulloch and Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon

The project aims to develop a framework for a new systematic preventive approach to intimate partner homicide. Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women worldwide and the leading cause of death amongst Australian women aged between 15 and 44. The project is reviewing a decade of intimate partner homicides in Australia where the offender was male, focusing on circumstances of the killing and interactions of victims with any services. This new knowledge is intended to inform and assist in developing a more risk sensitive preventive approach to intimate partner homicides in Australia and overseas, enhancing women’s security and preventing their deaths.

Read our Conversation article 'Finally, police are taking family violence as seriously as terrorism', an outcome of this ARC project.


National Roundtable on Femicide Data Collection

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre held a national roundtable on femicide data collection in August 2019. The roundtable was part of the Australian Research Council Discovery Grant - Securing Women's Lives: Preventing Intimate Partner Homicide. The roundtable brought together experts, practitioners and academics from around Australia including judicial officers, death review personnel, journalists, Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, a Churchill Fellow researching death review processes internationally and academics researching intimate femicide and violence against women. Issues discuss included, femicide counts, access to data and the risks and opportunities of a live national count of femicides.

An Age newspaper article arising out of the roundtable covers some of these issue.


The killing of women in Victoria: Examining risks of violence and interactions with services
Funded by:
The Victorian Women’s Trust Investigator: Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon

This project examines the killing of women in Victoria over a ten year period. Using case analysis and interviews, the project will generate an in-depth understanding of the risks of violence and interactions with services common to cases of lethal violence against women in Victoria. The findings will provide an evidence base to illuminate women’s experiences of lethal violence and to inform support services, prevention initiatives and justice system responses in Victoria.