Violence against women
Family violence including intimate partner homicide
Kate conducts research in the area of family violence, legal responses to lethal violence, youth justice and the effects of homicide law and sentencing reform in Australian and international jurisdictions. This research is undertaken with a key focus on issues relating to gender, constructions of responsibility and justice.
Kate has demonstrated through her work that men who killed their partners were avoiding a murder conviction by claiming the partial defence of provocation. Her research provided evidence that led to reform of the law in several Australian jurisdictions.
“There is now widespread recognition that family violence is a national problem,” says Kate, who is one of three Monash researchers tasked by the Victorian government to advise in the fight against family violence. Kate was appointed by the Special Minister to the Victorian Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions.
Kate is also a proactive communicator of her research findings, and is very active in writing opinion editorials for media outlets such as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Guardian.
Kate Fitz-Gibbon's Articles
Murder in the family
The killing of a parent by his or her child is a relatively uncommon form of family violence. We need to know much more about it to prevent it.
All talk, no action on family violence
The Turnbull government's budget has failed to match its expressed desire to take violence against women seriously.
Tackling intimate partner homicide
At least one woman a week is killed by a man in Australia. A new research project aims to find pathways to prevention.
Anti-terrorist centre needs focus on family violence too
The Victorian centre's effectiveness will be muted unless it includes experts on violence against women.
Media's key role in the wake of child detention abuses
Until the federal government consistently upholds its obligations over youth justice abuses, the media must hold systems to account.