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February 4, 2023

Panel Discussion: Women’s Fatal Use of Force: Criminalized Survivors and Practitioner Insights – Wed 15 Feb 5-7pm

Women’s Fatal Use of Force: criminalised survivors & practitioner insights

Feminist research has documented the ways in which women who use fatal force against their abusers are failed by the criminal justice system and are criminalised for surviving. Some recent progress has occurred in Australia, with reforms making defences to homicide more inclusive of women victim/survivors’ experiences. More women now raise self-defence; some courts have recognised coercive control and social entrapment; and proactive and skilled lawyering has generated more appropriate outcomes in some cases. Significant problems remain, however, that deny women access to justice.

This Panel Discussion is a timely opportunity for researchers, practising lawyers, experts, community advocates, academics and students to hear practitioner insights about how women’s use of fatal force against their abusers can be understood. The session will explore the following themes: What do we think has worked, even partially; in what ways can we have a productive relationship with the criminal justice system; and what alternatives are possible?

While this is a blended event, we encourage you to join us and panel members in person at Deakin Downtown for an evening of lively discussion, reflections and solutions.

This event is being co-hosted by A/Prof Danielle Tyson (Deakin Criminology), Professor Bronwyn Naylor OAM (RMIT) and Elena Campbell from the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT.

This event will be facilitated by Elena Campbell from the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University.

About the panel:

Date and time

Wed., 15 February 2023, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm AEDT


Deakin Downtown 727 Collins Street Tower 2 level 12 Melbourne, VIC 3008

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