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
Counting intimate partner homicides
Better access to data is desperately needed to better understand the phenomenon in order to prevent it.
Falling short on family violence
Despite having a code of practice in place for investigating incidents, police duty failures are all too common.
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.
The leading threat to women's safety
Men’s violence continues to threaten, restrict and harm the lives of Victorian women at alarming levels.
A welcome pivot on family violence
Police are now treating perpetrators as seriously as terrorists and murderers.
Coercive control laws not the right path
New law is often seen as an answer in tackling intimate partner and family violence, but our research shows it is not always the best response.