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Dr Danielle Tyson



Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Dr Danielle Tyson is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University and member of the Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her interdisciplinary work on family violence, intimate partner homicide and filicide.

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Biography summary

Danielle is recognised for her work in the field of domestic/family violence, legal responses to intimate partner homicide, the impacts of law reform in Australian jurisdictions, and filicide. Her research is centred on empirical qualitative mixed-methods projects that deliver outcomes that have impact outside academia and community engagement. She has collaborated with and/or presented the findings of her research to the legal profession, NGOs, community legal centres and government, delivering a framework to improve legal policy and social justice outcomes.

Her research has been published in top ranking journals including Violence Against Women, Social & Legal Studies, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Her latest book co-edited with Professor Thea Brown and Dr Paula Fernandez Arias (Monash University) When Parents Kill Children: Understanding Filicide (Palgrave, 2018) is the first international collection of empirical investigations of filicide from around the world. She is also the author of Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation (Routledge, 2013).

Danielle joined Deakin in 2016 and is Convenor of the discipline of Criminology. She 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).

In 2010, she was 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 (

Research interests

Danielle's research interests include family violence; 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 and relevance to the legal and wider community.


Professional associations:

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

Committee memberships at Deakin

  • Faculty of Arts & Education Integrity Committee
  • Human Ethics Advisory Group
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences Executive

Teaching interests

Bachelor of Criminology; Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)


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. The Hub is a joint venture between Monash University and Deakin University committed to fostering communication and collaborations between researchers, professionals and services, producing high quality research about the patterns, risk factors and circumstances of filicide, and building a sound evidence base that can inform policy, prevention and practice.

Co-Convenor of the Deakin Research on Violence Against Women (DRVAW) Hub. The Hub has been established to create an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty network that distinguishes and showcases Deakin’s combined research expertise in the area of violence against women (gendered violence; intimate partner violence; family violence) through a gendered framework.

Media appearances

Danielle is frequently invited to offer expert commentary and opinion on topics concerning legal responses to men and women who kill their intimate partners, and filicide (the killing of a child/ren by a parent/stepparent). She has featured in the media, radio and on TV (ABCs 7.30 Report and Australian Story), and online sources like The Conversation.


Danielle has worked on a number of interdisciplinary, cross-Faculty and cross-institutional collaborations that have received funding to support her research including the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust; Legal Services Board Victoria; the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Criminology Research Grant Scheme; and the Commonwealth Attorney General.

Danielle's current projects include; the nexus between family violence and homelessness in women’s bail and remand outcomes; and the merits of police body-worn camera technology in responding to domestic violence in Queensland and Western Australia.


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Coercive Control and Intimate Partner Homicide

Danielle Tyson

(2020), pp. 73-90, Criminalising Coercive Control: Family Violence and the Criminal Law, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

Carceral churn: A sensorial ethnography of the bail and remand court

Emma Russell, Bree Carlton, Danielle Tyson

(2020), pp. 1-19, Punishment & Society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Filicide: The Australian story

T Brown, D Tyson, P Fernandez Arias

(2020), Vol. 45, pp. 279-284, Children Australia, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

A constellation of circumstances: The Drivers of Women's Increasing Rates of Remand in Victoria

Emma Russell, Bree Carlton, Danielle Tyson, Hui Zhou, Megan Pearce, Jill Faulkner

(2020), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

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

book chapter

Reforming defences to murder, an Australian case study

Danielle Tyson, Bronwyn Naylor

(2019), pp. 27-38, Contesting femicide: feminism and the power of law revisited, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

An argument for diminished culpability manslaughter: responding to gaps in homicide law

Madeleine Ulbrick, Asher Flynn, Danielle Tyson

(2019), Vol. 45, pp. 201-231, Monash University law review, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal article

Filicide in Australia, 2000-2012: a national study

Thea Brown, Samantha Lyneham, Willow Bryant, Samantha Bricknell, Adam Tomison, D Tyson, Paula Fernandez Arias

(2019), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper

Filicide Offenders

Thea Brown, Samantha Bricknell, Willow Bryant, Samantha Lyneham, danielle Tyson, Paula Fernandez Arias, D Tyson

(2019), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper

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

journal article

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

book chapter

When parents kill children: Understanding filicide

T Brown, D Tyson, P Fernandez Arias

(2017), pp. 1-267, When Parents Kill Children: Understanding Filicide, B1

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Out of Character? Legal responses to intimate partner homicides by men in Victoria 2005-2014

M McKenzie, D Kirkwood, D Tyson, B Naylor

(2016), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

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

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

Justice or judgement? The impact of Victorian homicide law reforms on responses to women who kill intimate partners

D Kirkwood, M McKenzie, D Tyson

(2013), Collingwood, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

Police body-worn camera technology in response to domestic and family violence: a national study of victim-survivor perspectives and experiences

Dr Mary Iliadis, Dr Danielle Tyson

  • 2021: $12,245


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