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Dr Danielle Tyson



Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Danielle graduated with a PhD in Legal Studies from La Trobe University in 2002 (her PhD research examined the the controversial partial defence of provocation and the ways in which gendered subjectivity is contructed in legal discourse). She has an Honours degree in Legal Studies from Law Trobe University. After completing her PhD, she took up a lectureship in Criminology at the University of Brighton, England. Since then, she has worked as lecturer and/or senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Melbourne (2004 – 2006), La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia (2007) and Monash University (2007 – 2016).

Danielle was appointed Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University in 2016. She is the author of Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation (Routledge, 2013) and co-editer with Professor Thea Brown and Dr Paula Fernandez Arias (Monash University) of the edited collection When Parents Kill Children: Understanding Filicide (Palgrave, 2018). Danielle has published and presented papers at conferences nationally and overseas on legal responseses to intimate partner homicide; homicide law reform; filicide in in the context of separation and divorce; feminist judging and sentencing; and sentencing and mental health. 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:

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Research interests

Danielle's research interests include intimate partner homicide; defences to homicide; criminal law reform; social context/family violence evidence; gender, sentencing and mental health; feminist judging; crime and the media; feminist theory and qualitative research methods. Her approach to research is both victim-centred and interdisciplinary. Her research develops and builds collaborations with key stakeholders and experts in the field to deliver a sound evidence base that can both inform and improve legal policy and findings that are relevant and have impact.


• 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 annual meeting of 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), the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, 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.

Professional activities

Co-Director of the Monash Deakin Filicide Research Hub and Co-Facilitator of the bi-annual international conference series Addressing Filicide (previously held at the Monash Prato Centre, Italy, in 2013, 2015 and 2017.


Current projects include:

1) Gender, Sentencing and Mental Health in Domestic Homicide Cases (with Professor Rosemary Hunter, University of Kent Law School, UK).

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

3) Homicide and Mental Health (with Dr Asher Flynn and Madeleine Ulbrick, Monash University).

Recent projects include:

4) Filicide in Australia, 2000 – 2012: A National Report (forthcoming 2018) (co-authored with Professor Thea Brown, Dr Paula Fernandez Arias, Social Work, Monash University; Dr Adam Tomison, Samantha Lyneham, Samantha Bricknell and Willow Bryant, Australian Institute of Criminology). This project was funded by the Criminal Research Council (CRG 52/14-15).The findings of this research have been published in a Special Themed Issue of the international journal Child Abuse Review and the co-authored report, Filicide in Australia, 2000 - 2012: A National Study (forthcoming 2018, Australian Institute of Criminology).

5) 2013-2016 Improving Legal Responses to Intimate Partner Homicide (with Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor, Graduate School of Law, RMIT; Dr Debbie Kirkwood and Mandy McKenzie, formerly with the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria). This project was funded by the Legal Services Board Victoria (2013-MG019 $148,590 over two years).

6) 2013 Youth, Mobile Technologies and Gender Politics: Young People’s Beliefs About Gender and Ethical Use of Communication Technologies, Monash University Faculty of Arts Research Project Fund Grant Program (Dr Danielle Tyson, Criminology; Dr Amy Dobson, Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and Dr Mary Louise Rasmussen, Faculty of Education).

7) 2012-2013 Blood on Whose Hands II: The Killing of Women and Children in Australia, Victorian Women’s Trust 2010/11 General Grants Program ($20,000).

8) 2009-2010 Provision of Research into Family Violence Since the 2006 Family Law Reforms, Attorney General’s Department Tender. (Professor T Brown, Dr B Batagol, Dr A Sifris and Dr D Tyson, Monash University. Associate Professor D Bagshaw, Dr S Wendt, Dr E McInness and Dr A Campbell, University of South Australia. Dr B Tinning, James Cook University and Associate Professor C Power, Flinders University). This research was published in a two-volume report (2010) Family Violence and Family Law in Australia: The Experiences and Views of Children and Adults from Families who Separated Post-1995 and Post-2006, Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra.

9) 2009 Mental Health, Filicide and Parental Separation and Divorce, Victoria 1997-2007: The Need for Intervention and a Better Coordinated Approach, Cross-Faculty Funded Project, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Medicine, Monash University (with Professor Thea Brown, Social Work, Monash University).

10) 2008: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth National competitive seed-funding grant for ‘The wellbeing of children following parental separation and divorce’. The project was led by Professor Thea Brown, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University.


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Feminist dilemmas with law reform ? Victoria, Australia

Danielle Tyson, Bronwyn Naylor

(2019), pp. 27-39, Contesting femicide: feminism and the power of law revisited, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Filicide in Australia

T Brown, D Tyson, P Fernandez Arias

(2018), pp. 145-166, When parents kill children: understanding filicide, London, Eng, B1


Leaving violent men: a study of women's experiences of separation in Victoria, Australia

C Bruton, D Tyson

(2018), Vol. 51, pp. 339-354, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, London, Eng., C1


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

J Little, D Tyson

(2017), pp. 1-24, Oxford research encyclopedia of criminolgy and criminal justice, Oxford, Eng., 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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