Hobart Alumni Breakfast: After #MeToo: Preventing family, domestic and sexual violence

Wednesday 18 September 2019 at 7am

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Join us for our annual Hobart Alumni Breakfast and learn from Dr Mary Iliadis as she discusses the nature, impacts, and prevalence of family, domestic and sexual violence.

In Australia, at least one woman is killed each week by a current or former partner. Domestic and family violence is the leading preventable cause of death, disability, and illness in women aged between 15–44 years in Australia. Research shows that one in five Australian women have experienced sexual violence by a current or former partner. Australian women are also nearly three times more likely than men to experience intimate partner violence. Reporting rates in Australia are one in six, with even less going to trial. Violence against women is a global crime problem and the need to enhance prevention and responses has gained traction internationally.

At a social level, movements such as #MeToo, #TimesUp and #IBelieveHer have developed public discourse around the gravity, nature and impacts of gendered violence and the need to promote further recognition of these harms.

International commissions of inquiry into crime victims’ rights and ill-treatment in criminal justice processes have also prompted an urgent need to transform legal responses to improve victims’ perceptions of, and experiences with, the criminal justice system. This presentation critically reflects on the extent and nature of violence against women and engages with evidence-based research to shed light on appropriate legal and non-legal responses to the most pervasive forms of violence experienced by women and children in Australia.

About the speaker

Dr Mary Iliadis is a lecturer in criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, and Newsletter Editor for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Mary’s research adopts a socio-legal framework to examine, critique and impact legal policy concerning victims' rights and role in criminal trials.

Informed by international and comparative contexts, Mary explores the rights and protections afforded to victims of sexual violence across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, and explores how access to justice is negotiated for victims. Her recent work focuses on mechanisms of victim participation in criminal trials and explores prospects for private counsel for victims. More broadly, she researches prosecutorial discretion and gender and family violence as a global crime problem. Mary also researches in the areas of newsmaking and digital criminology and is co-authoring a book titled Criminology and the Media: International Comparative Perspectives and Experiences, with Dr Mark Wood (University of Melbourne) and Dr Imogen Richards (Deakin University).

Mary has published in leading criminology and law journals, and her first book, Adversarial Justice and Victims’ Rights: Reconceptualising the Role of Sexual Assault Victims, will feature in Routledge's Victims, Culture and Society series. She has advised on law reform internationally and her research findings have gained significant traction in government circles, including in Sir John Gillen's Review on The Law and Procedures in Serious Sexual Offences in Northern Ireland.

In February 2019, Mary was announced a semi-finalist for The Bridge Create Change Award which forms part of the Seven News Young Achiever Awards in Victoria, and in June 2019, she received a St Mary's College Visiting Women's Fellowship at Durham University.

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Date and time

Wednesday 18 September 2019


Hotel Grand Chancellor
1 Davey St
Hobart TAS 7000