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Dr Danielle Tyson



Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Dr Danielle Tyson is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Deakin University and a graduate of La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia (BA Hons in Legal Studies) and the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (PhD in Criminology). Prior to Deakin, she taught at Monash University (2007 – 2016), the University of Brighton, England (2002-2003), and the University of Melbourne (2004 – 2006) and La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia (2007). She has published and presented papers at conferences nationally and overseas on legal responses to domestic homicide and filicide in in the context of separation and homicide law reform. She spent a brief time as a visiting scholar at the Centre in the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (#csslrv) at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2010 (go to:

Dr Tyson is Co-Director of the Monash Deakin Filicide Research Hub and Co-Facilitator of the 3rd Addressing Filicide: Third International Conference – Building Bridges of Knowledge to Intervention Models for Combatting Filicide to be held at the Monash Prato Centre, Tuscany, Italy, 14-15 June 2017.

Dr Danielle Tyson's research takes a socio-legal approach to examining issues of domestic and family violence with a particular focus on law reform, legal responses to intimate partner homicide, and filicide in the context of separation and divorce.

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Career highlights

Dr Tyson is the author of Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation (2013, Routledge), which was shortlisted for the Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize in 2013. Read a review of Danielle's book here.

In 2014, Danielle was awarded a highly prestigious Criminology Research Council grant (2015-2016) with Emeritus Professor Thea Brown (Monash Social Work) and the Australian Institute of Criminology to produce the first ever National Report on Filicide: Filicide in Australia, 2000 - 2012: A National Report.

Research interests

Legal responses to domestic violence/violence against women and children

Filicide in the context of separation

Gender, sentencing and punishment

Social Framework (Context) Evidence

Feminist Legal Theory

Feminist Criminology

Crime and the Media

Qualitative Research Methods


• The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
• The Socio-Legal Studies Association
• The Homicide Research Working Group
• The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

Knowledge areas

Legal responses to domestic homicide, Filicide in the Context of Separation, Homicide Law Reform, Gender, Judging and Sentencing, Crime and the Media, Qualitative Research Methods


Dr Danielle Tyson has presented the findings of her research at national and international conferences including the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, the International Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference, the Social & Legal Studies Association (UK), the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Conference (USA) and the Addressing Filicide International Conference (Italy). Dr Tyson has also presented the findings of her research to the Judical College of Victoria, the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australasian Insitute of Judicial Administration.


Dr Tyson is currently involved in a number of research projects that focus on gender and violence including:

Project Title: Monash-Deakin Filicide Research Project

Research Aims: The first stage of this research (funded by a Monash University Cross-Faculty grant in 2009) examined the role of separation as a factor in filicide cases, as well as the role of other factors, such as domestic violence and mental illness. The findings of this research have been published in a Special Themed Issue of the international journal Child Abuse Review. In 2014, the research team partnered with Dr Adam Tomison, Samantha Lyneham, Samantha Bricknell and Willow Bryant (Australian Institute of Criminology), to undertake the second stage of this research. The co-authored report, Filicide in Australia, 2000 - 2012: A National Study (with Professor Thea Brown, Social Work, Monash University; Dr Adam Tomison, Samantha Lyneham, Samantha Bricknell and Willow Bryant, Australian Institute of Criminology) is to be published in mid-2017. This project is funded by the Criminal Research Council (CRG 52/14-15).

Sentencing in Domestic Homicide Cases (with Professor Rosemary Hunter, Queen Mary of London University).

Gender, Filicide and Punishment (with Professor Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph).

Completed projects:

Improving Legal Responses to Intimate Partner Homicide (with Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor, Faculty of Law, Monash University; Dr Debbie Kirkwood and Mandy McKenzie, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria). This project is funded by the Legal Services Board Victoria (2013-MG019).

Research Aims: this project (funded by the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust in 2012) explored the legal system’s response to men and women who kill their intimate partners and the understanding of the impact of family violence in cases since the 2005 reforms to the law of homicide.The first stage of this research was published in the Discussion Paper Justice or Judgement? The Impact of Victorian Law Reforms on Responses to Women Who Kill Intimate Partners (Kirkwood, McKenzie & Tyson 2013).

In 2013, the research team was awarded $148,590 over two years by the Legal Services Board to undertake the second stage of this research, which has just been published in the Discussion Paper 'Out of Character? Legal Responses to Intimate Partner Homicides by Men in Victoria 2005-2014 (McKenzie, Kirkwood, Tyson & Naylor 2016).


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Filicide in Australia

T Brown, D Tyson, P Fernandez Arias

(2018), pp. 145-145, When parents kill children: understanding filicide, London, Eng, B1


Family violence in domestic homicides: a case study of women who killed intimate partners post-legislative reform in Victoria, Australia

D Tyson, D Kirkwood, M Mckenzie

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 5591-583, Violence against women, London, Eng., C1


The implementation of feminist law reforms: the case of post-provocation sentencing

R Hunter, D Tyson

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 129-165, Social & legal studies, London, Eng., C1


Reforming defences to homicide in Victoria: another attempt to address the gender question

B Naylor, D Tyson

(2017), Vol. 6, pp. 72-87, International journal for crime, justice and social democracy, Brisbane, Qld., C1


Justice Betty King: a study of feminist judging in action

D Tyson, R Hunter

(2017), Vol. 40, pp. 778-805, University of New South Wales law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Filicide in Australian Media and Culture

D Tyson, J little

(2017), pp. 1-24, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Crime and Criminal Justice, B1


The abolition of defensive homicide : a step towards populist punitivism at the expense of mentally impaired offenders

M Ulbrick, A Flynn, D Tyson

(2016), Vol. 40, pp. 324-370, Melbourne university law review, Carlton, Vic., C1


Effects of the 2005 reforms on legal responses to women who kill intimate partners

D Tyson, D Kirkwood, M McKenzie, B Naylor

(2015), pp. 76-93, Homicide law reform in Victoria: retrospect and prospects, Armadale, N.S.W., B1


Filicide and parental separation and divorce

T Brown, D Tyson, P Arias

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 79-88, Child abuse review, London, Eng, C1-1


Sex, culpability, and the defence of provocation

D Tyson

(2013), London, eng., A1-1


Homicide law reform in Australia: improving access to defences for women who kill their abusers

T Crofts, D Tyson

(2013), Vol. 39, pp. 864-893, Monash University law review, Clayton, Vic., C1-1


An abominable crime: filicide in the context of parental separation and divorce

T Brown, D Tyson

(2012), Vol. 37, pp. 151-160, Children Australia, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1


Questions of guilt and innocence in the Victorian criminal trial of Robert Farquharson and the fact before theory internet campaign

D Tyson

(2009), Vol. 21, pp. 181-204, Current issues in criminal justice, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Filicide in Australia, 2000-2012: A National Report

Prof Thea Brown, Dr Danielle Tyson

  • 2016: $12,433

Strikeforce Parrabell Project

Dr Danielle Tyson

  • 2017: $3,200


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