Murder, Manslaughter and Domestic Violence

Murder, Manslaughter and Domestic Violence

Principal speaker

Professor Julie Stubbs

This presentation is organised around the three themes: murder, gender and responsibility. It begins by considering the shifting boundary between murder and manslaughter, and, contrary to common wisdom, the lack of consensus around these terms. The focus then shifts to gender, and a consideration of gendered patterns in homicide and femicide using the overlapping categories of domestic homicide and intimate partner homicides. It also demonstrates the value of more complex conceptions of gender to understanding patterns in homicide using an intersectional framework to explore the differential vulnerability of women to homicide. The third theme, responsibility, is examined by reference to legal responses to domestic homicide and intimate partner homicides for battered women. While some women have benefited from law reforms and shifts in legal practices, women who do not conform to idealised notions of what it means to be a battered woman or other ‘benchmarks’ continue to be disadvantaged.

About the speaker

Julie Stubbs is a criminologist and Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW.  Her research focuses mostly on women’s involvement in criminal justice, as victims and, or offenders.  Her publications include research on domestic violence, homicide and defences to homicide, restorative justice, justice reinvestment, incarceration and bail. She recently published the book Justice Reinvestment: Winding back imprisonment (Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with Brown, Cunneen, Schwartz & Young) and her co-edited book (with Tomsen) Australian Violence is forthcoming with Federation Press.

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