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March 3, 2023

‘Tonight I’ll either be in jail or dead’ – women who use fatal force in the context of family violence –

‘Tonight I’ll either be in jail or dead’ – women who use fatal force in the context of family violence
On Wednesday 15th February, Associate Director Elena Campbell was privileged to facilitate an expert panel of academics and practitioners who work in a particularly specialist and complex area. Women who experience long term abuse and coercive control from their partners – and who then use fatal force as a means of defending or protecting themselves or their children – have repeatedly been failed by service and justice systems. Women from marginalised communities are doubly failed when the impacts of culture, social isolation and histories of colonisation are not recognised. Academics and practitioners from the UK, WA and Victoria related powerful stories of campaigns to find justice for their clients – highlighting that women are faced with no options when “the state criminalises women we would otherwise be burying”.  

Thanks to the incredible expert panel and to Associate Professor Danielle Tyson at Deakin University for hosting the event and inviting the CIJ and RMIT Professor Bronwyn Naylor to collaborate.

L-R: Elena Campbell, Associate Director, CIJ; Associate Professor Hannah McGlade, Curtin University (WA) (on screen); Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters (UK); Harriet Wistrich, Director, Centre for Women’s Justice (UK); Associate Professor Stella Tarrant, University of Western Australia; Mel Walker, Criminal Legal Specialist, Victoria; Jill Prior, Principal Lawyer, Law and Advocacy Centre for Women, Victoria. 

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