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Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon


Director, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, Australia



Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon is Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre. Kate’s qualifications include a Phd in Criminology, Masters of Human Rights Law, and Graduate Certificate of Higher Education. Kate conducts research in the area of domestic and family violence, femicide, responses to all forms of violence against women, children and young people, and the impacts of law reform in Australia and internationally. The findings of Kate’s research have been published in books, academic journals, funded reports and presented at national and international criminology conferences. Kate has advised on homicide law reform and family violence reviews in Australia and internationally.



Fitz-Gibbon, K. (2016) ‘Protections for children before the law: An empirical analysis of the age of criminal responsibility, the abolition of doli incapax and the merits of a developmental immaturity defence in England and Wales’ Criminology and Criminal Justice: An International Journal. 16(4): 391-409

Elliot, K., Fitz-Gibbon, K. & Maher, JMM. (2020) ‘Sibling violence: understanding experiences, impacts and the need for nuanced responses’ British Journal of Sociology. 71(1): 168-182, DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12712.

Fitz-Gibbon, K., Maher, JMM., McCulloch, J. and Segrave, M. (2019) ‘Understanding and responding to family violence risks to children: Evidence-based risk assessment for children and the importance of gender’ Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 52(1): 23-40, doi: 10.1177/0004865818760378


Violence against women, adolescent family violence, domestic abuse, homicide law, minimum age of criminal responsibility, child use of violence
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