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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon is Deputy Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at University of Liverpool. 

Kate completed her PhD at Monash in 2012, following which she was appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology in School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Kate has been a visiting scholar in the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University (2013), The Faculty of Law at University of Auckland (2015) and the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology (2015).

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. The findings of her research have been published in high impact criminology and law journals and presented at national and international criminology conferences. Kate has received funding to support her research from the Australian Research Council, Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s SafetyVictorian Women’s Trust and the Victorian Legal Services Board. In 2015 Kate was awarded the prestigious Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to examine innovative and best practice legal responses to the prevention of intimate homicide in UK, United States and Canada.

Kate has advised on homicide law reform, family violence and youth justice reviews in several Australian jurisdictions.Kate’s 2014 sole-authored book, Homicide Law Reform, Gender and the Provocation Defence: A Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan), was cited by the High Court of Australia in Lindsay v The Queen [2015] HCA 16.

In 2016 Kate was appointed as a member of the Victorian Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions and also sits as a member of the Monash City Council Gender Equity Advisory Committee. Previously Kate was Chair of the Barwon Centre against Sexual Assault Governance Board and a member of the Step Back Think Board of Directors. 

Research interests

Family violence
Femicide

Intimate partner homicide 
Adolescent family violence
Perpetrator Interventions

Legal responses to intimate partner violence
Coercive control
Homicide law reform
Sentencing

Youth justice
Children’s rights and the criminal justice system

Research area keywords

  • family violence
  • violence against women
  • primary prevention of family violence
  • criminal justice system
  • criminal law reform
  • adolescent family violence
  • youth justice
  • femicide
  • coercive control
  • sentencing
  • children's rights
  • perpetrator interventions
  • intimate partner homicide
  • homicide law reform

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Projects

Research Output

Justice perspectives of women with disability: An Australian story

McCulloch, J., Maher, J., Walklate, S., McGowan, J. & Fitz-Gibbon, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Review of Victimology. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Minimum Sentencing for Serious Offences: Lessons from Australia

Fitz-Gibbon, K. & Roffee, J., 2020, Handbook on Sentencing Policies and Practices in the 21st Century. Spohn, C. & Brennan, P. (eds.). 1 ed. New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 114-128

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

A child’s capacity to commit crime: Examining the operation of doli incapax in Victoria (Australia)

Fitz-Gibbon, K. E. & O'Brien, W., 2019, In : International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. 8, 1, p. 18-33 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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1 Citation (Scopus)

Criminology, gender and security in the Australian context: Making women’s lives matter

Walklate, S., McCulloch, J., Fitz-Gibbon, K. & Maher, J. M., 2019, In : Theoretical Criminology. 23, 1, p. 60-77 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)

Prizes

100 Women of Influence Awards 2014: Young Leader

Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Oct 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher

Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Jul 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Impact and Engagement

Judith McCulloch (Recipient), JaneMaree Maher (Recipient), Kate Esther Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Marie Therese Segrave (Recipient) & James Andrew Roffee (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Future Leader Prize

Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Oct 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 6 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board
  • 3 Editorial responsibility
  • 2 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
  • 1 External research organisation, centre or institute

Criminology and Criminal Justice (Journal)

Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Editorial board member)
1 Feb 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (Journal)

Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Editorial board member)
27 Jul 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence (External organisation)

Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Member)
Nov 2018Jul 2019

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Respect Victoria (External organisation)

Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Member)
Aug 2018Aug 2021

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Current Issues in Criminal Justice (Journal)

Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Editorial board member)
3 Dec 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility