Dr Danielle Tyson is Associate Professor in Criminology at Deakin University, Co-Founder and member of the Deakin Network Against Gendered Violence (DNAGV) and Co-Convenor of the Monash Deakin Filicide Research Hub. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her interdisciplinary work on family violence, intimate partner homicide and filicide. She is co-editor of When Parents Kill Children: Understand Filicide (published in 2018) and the author of Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation (published in 2013 by Routledge-Cavendish for their Discourses of Law series). Her monograph is the first to address debates surrounding reform of one of the most controversial doctrines within the criminal law; the partial defence of provocation across Australian jurisdictions.Read more on Danielle's profile
Danielle is recognised for her work on gendered violence, legal responses in cases of 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.
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 (www.violenceresearch.ca).
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.
- 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
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.
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-Founder and member of the Deakin Network Against Gendered Violence (DNAGV). 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 gendered violence (domestic and family violence; intimate partner violence; sexual violence) through a gendered and intersectional framework.
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; Strategies for Improving Access to Justice for Women Who Kill Their Abusers, with Professor Bronwyn Naylor OAM (Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT) and Associate Professor Stella Tarrant (School of Law, University of Western Australia).
Improving Legal Responses to Intimate Partner Homicide, 2005 - 2023, with Professor Bronwyn Naylor OAM (Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT). This research examines how family violence and social framework evidence is recognised in the prosecutions of men and women who kill an intimate partner in Australia.
Filicide: An exploration of the vulnerability of victims, risk factors and the circumstances of child deaths in Victoria, 2009 – 2020, with Professor Thea Brown and Dr Paula Fernandez Arias (Monash University, Social Work) and Lauren Bedggood, Phoebe Marshall and Heba Nassar, Family Violence Unit, Coroner’s Court Victoria. The Monash-Deakin Filicide Research Hub, in collaboration with the Victorian Systemic Review of Family Violence Deaths (VSRFVD) at the Coroners Court of Victoria, has commenced a new study on filicide in Victoria. The study will examine issues of victim vulnerability, risk factors associated with perpetrators and the role of helping services and their relationship to perpetrators and victims’ families and in developing strategies for intervention and prevention.
Police body-worn camera technology in response to domestic and family violence: a national study of victim-survivor perspectives and experiences, led by Dr Mary Iliadis (Deakin University), Dr Bridget Harris (Queensland University of Technology), Associate Professor Asher Flynn (Monash University), Dr Zarina Vakhitova (Monash University) (funded by the Criminology Research Council (CRG 35/20-21, $67,347.75) Australian Institute of Criminology).
Police Body-Worn Cameras in Response to Domestic and Family Violence: A Study of Police Perceptions and Experiences
Mary Iliadis, Zarina Vakhitova, Bridget Harris, Danielle Tyson, Asher Flynn
(2022), pp. 417-439, The Palgrave Handbook of Gendered Violence and Technology, Berlin, Germany, B1
Carceral churn: A sensorial ethnography of the bail and remand court
Emma Russell, Bree Carlton, Danielle Tyson
(2022), Vol. 24, pp. 151-169, Punishment & Society, London, Eng., C1
The merits and risks of body-worn camera footage in domestic and family violence incidents and legal proceedings: a study of police perceptions and experiences
Z Vakhitova, M Iliadis, B Harris, D Tyson, A Flynn
(2022), pp. 1-17, Policing and Society, London, Eng., C1
'It's a gendered issue, 100 per cent': How tough bail laws entrench gender and racial inequality and social disadvantage
E Russell, B Carlton, D Tyson
(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 1-15, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Brisbane, Qld., C1
Coercive Control and Intimate Partner Homicide
(2020), pp. 73-90, Criminalising Coercive Control: Family Violence and the Criminal Law, Berlin, Germany, B1
Filicide: The Australian story
T Brown, D Tyson, P Fernandez Arias
(2020), Vol. 45, pp. 279-284, Children Australia, Cambridge, Eng., C1
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
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
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
Thea Brown, Samantha Bricknell, Willow Bryant, Samantha Lyneham, danielle Tyson, Paula Fernandez Arias, D Tyson
(2019), pp. 1-17, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, [Canberra, A.C.T.], C1
AN ARGUMENT FOR DIMINISHED CULPABILITY MANSLAUGHTER: RESPONDING TO GAPS IN VICTORIAN HOMICIDE LAW
Madeleine Ulbrick, Asher Flynn, Danielle Tyson
(2019), Vol. 45, pp. 201-231, MONASH UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, C1
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
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
When parents kill children: Understanding filicide
T Brown, D Tyson, P Fernandez Arias
(2018), Berlin, Germany, A7
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
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. 559-583, Violence Against Women, United States, 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
Rosemary Hunter, Danielle Tyson
(2017), Vol. 40, pp. 778-805, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES LAW JOURNAL, C1
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
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
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
Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Danielle Tyson, Jude McCulloch
(2014), pp. 329-339, The Australian Feminist Judgments Project: Righting and Re-writing Law, Oxford, U.K., B1-1
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
(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
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
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
Victoria's New Homicide Laws: Provocative Reforms or More Stories of Women 'asking for it'?
(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 203-233, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, C1-1
The Effect of Family Violence on Post-Separation Parenting Arrangements. The Experiences and Views of Children and Adults from Families who Separated Post-1995 and Post-2006
D Bagshaw, T Brown, S Wendt, A Campbell, E McInnes, B Tinning, B Batagol, A Sifris, D Tyson, J Baker, P Fernandez Arias
(2011), pp. 49-61, Family Matters, Melbourne, Victoria, C1-1
Questions of guilt and innocence in the Victorian criminal trial of Robert Farquharson and the fact before theory internet campaign
(2009), Vol. 21, pp. 181-204, Current issues in criminal justice, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1
'Asking For It': An Anatomy of Provocation'
(1999), Vol. 13, pp. 66-85, Australian Feminist Law Journal, London, Eng., C1-1
Angry Men, Feminist Practice, and the Role of the Support Worker
(1997), Vol. 9, pp. 159-168, Australian Feminist Law Journal, London, Eng., C1-1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Other Public Sector Funding
Filicide in Australia, 2000-2012: A National Report
Prof Thea Brown, A/Prof Danielle Tyson
Australian Institute of Criminology - Criminology Research Grants
- 2016: $12,433
Strikeforce Parrabell Project
A/Prof Danielle Tyson
NSW Police Force
- 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, A/Prof Danielle Tyson
Australian Institute of Criminology
- 2022: $25,615
- 2021: $1,125
Thesis entitled: Sentencing Male Perpetrators of Intimate-Partner Homicides: A CrossJurisdictional Analysis
Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences