Dr Mary Iliadis is a senior lecturer in criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and co-convenor of the Deakin Research into Violence Against Women Hub. Mary is also the early-career researcher representative for Deakin's Faculty of Arts and Education Research Committee.
Mary’s research adopts a socio-legal framework to examine, critique and impact the rights and treatment of victims of sexual violence in criminal justice systems. Mary’s research is international in scope and explores the rights and protections afforded to victims in policy and practice across England and Wales, Ireland and Australia, with a particular focus on representative and participation rights. More broadly, Mary researches police and prosecutorial discretion in response to gendered violence, including domestic, family and sexual violence, and explores how access to justice is negotiated by victims in criminal trials.
Mary has published in leading criminology and law journals, including in the British Journal of Criminology, Criminology and Criminal Justice and Journal of Law and Society. Mary’s book, Adversarial Justice and Victims’ Rights: Reconceptualising the Role of Sexual Assault Victims, was published in Routledge's distinguished Victims, Culture and Society series (2020).
In 2019, Mary had the singular honour of being awarded a St Mary’s College Visiting Women’s Fellowship at Durham University (UK) and a visiting scholarly position at Nottingham Trent University's Law School. She was also nominated as a Semi-Finalist for The Bridge Create Change Award (Seven News Young Achiever Awards (2019)). In 2020, Mary won the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology prize for best ECR publication in criminology. This recognises her standing and leadership in intellectual contributions to her field.
Mary is lead CI on an Australian Institute of Criminology Criminology Research Council funded project titled ‘Police body-worn camera technology in response to domestic and family violence: a national study of victim-survivor perspectives and experiences‘. This is the first Australian study to examine the benefits and risks of the use of police body-worn cameras in response to domestic and family violence. It is being conducted with Dr Bridget Harris (QUT), Dr Danielle Tyson (Deakin University), Associate Professor Asher Flynn (Monash University) and Dr Zarina Vakhitova (Monash University).
Mary’s research has featured in government circles and her findings were cited in the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s report on The Role of Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial (2016), demonstrating a high-level of impact as an ECR. Mary also received outstanding recognition of her submission to Northern Ireland’s Gillen Review into The Law and Procedures in Serious Sexual Offences. The Chair of the Review, Sir John Gillen QC – a retired Judge of Belfast’s High Court - described Mary’s submission as ‘absolutely invaluable, serving to inform the Advisory Board’s views on this issue [on sexual history evidence] in a manner that otherwise would not have been possible’.
Mary has received outstanding recognition for her teaching and learning contributions, including letters of commendation from Deakin's Head of School for exceptionally high teaching evaluations in Crime, Victims and Justice (ACR203), Crime, Media and Justice (ACR204) and Research Communication (AIX494).
Mary's teaching success extends beyond Deakin. In 2017, Mary was awarded a Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at Monash University with Assoc. Prof. Asher Flynn, for their innovative and sustained contributions to teaching in Criminology.Read more on Mary's profile
Gendered violence, including domestic, family and sexual violence; victims' rights, including representative rights for victims; police and prosecutorial discretion; police body-worn camera technology; access to justice; media and public criminology.
Crime, Victims and Justice (ACR203)
Crime, Media and Justice (ACR204)
Crime, Terrorism and Security (ACR305)
Research Communication (Honours) (AIX494)
Gendered violence, including domestic, family and sexual violence; legal responses to gendered violence; victims' rights, including information and participation rights; police and prosecutorial discretion; access to justice; media and crime; public criminology.
- Giving victims the right to review prosecutor decisions in Australia, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Perth Exhibition Centre, 10–13 December 2019.
- ‘Cinderellas ultimately become princesses’? Modern prosecutorial accountability to victims and the role of victim review schemes and judicial review’, Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, University of Wollongong, 12–15 December 2018.
- Increasing the role of third parties: Legal representation for sexual history evidence in Ireland, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, University of Melbourne, 4–7 December 2018.
- Victim representation for sexual history evidence in Ireland: A step towards or away from meeting victims’ procedural justice needs? Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, University of Wollongong, 12–15 December 2018.
- Increasing the role of third parties: Legal representation for sexual history evidence in Ireland, British Society of Criminology Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 6–8 July 2018.
- Providing a check on prosecutorial discretion: An analysis of the VRR reform, ANZSOC, Canberra, 6–8 December 2017.
- Allowing victims the right to review prosecutorial decisions: A step towards or away from meeting victims’ justice needs? Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference 2015, Adelaide, 24–27 November 2015.
- Victims' right to review schems, British Society of Criminology Conference, Plymouth, United Kingdom, 1–3 July 2015.
- *Cited in: Brake, M 2020, Leading fight for victims, Geelong Advertiser, 27 November.
- Iliadis, M 2020, Victims of domestic violence need legal representation of their own, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February.
- Iliadis, M 2020, Victims of domestic violence need legal representation of their own, WA Today, 23 February.
- Iliadis, M 2020, Your right to review: how victims of crime could appeal prosecution decisions’, ABC Radio Perth, 3 January.
- Iliadis, M & O’Connell 2019, M, Anti-family violence crusader Fiona McCormack befits new role, The Australian, 27 September.
- *Cited in: ‘Melbourne Deaths: Courtney. Natalia. Aiia. Eurydice. What is happening in Melbourne?, 10 Daily, 29 May 2019, https://10daily.com.au/news/australia/a190528scorq/courtney-natalina-aiia-eurydice-what-is-happening-in-melbourne-20190529
- Iliadis, M & Flynn, A 2019, Victims deserve a right of review, The Australian, 17 May.
Dr Iliadis is co-convenor of the Deakin Research into Violence Against Women 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.
Dr Iliadis is also a member of the international Law, Gender and Sexuality steering committe.
- (2018, 2019) Commendation by Deakin University’s Head of School for outstanding teaching and learning student evaluations.
- (2017) Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Monash University, jointly awarded with colleague, Dr Asher Flynn).
- (2016) Letter of condemnation from Monash University's Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), stating that my unit (Victims, Justice and the Law) was ranked in the top 8.91% of all units offered at Monash University in semester 1, 2016.
- Police body-worn camera technology in response to domestic and family violence: a national study of victim-survivor perspectives and experiences, with Dr Danielle Tyson (Deakin University), Dr Bridget Harris (Queensland University of Technology), Associate Professor Asher Flynn (Monash University), Dr Zarina Vakhitova (Monash University) (funded by the Australian Institute of Criminology).
- Prosecutorial discretion, judicial review and accountability to crime victims, with Dr David Plater (University of Adelaide) and Dr Robyn Holder (Griffith University).
- Criminology and the media: International experiences and perspectives, with Dr Mark A. Wood (Deakin University) and Dr Imogen Richards (Deakin University).
Mary Iliadis, Zarina Vakhitova, Bridget Harris, Danielle Tyson, Asher Flynn
(2022), pp. 1-30, The Palgrave Handbook of Gendered Violence and Technology, London, Eng., B1
Mary Iliadis, Olivia Smith, Jonathan Doak
(2021), pp. 1-25, Journal of law and society, Chichester, Eng., C1
(2020), London, England, A1
Mary Iliadis, Imogen Richards, Mark Wood
(2020), Vol. 53, pp. 84-101, Australian and New Zealand journal of criminology, London, Eng., C1
I Richards, M Wood, M Iliadis
(2020), Vol. 32, pp. 125-145, Current issues in criminal justice, Abingdon, Eng., C1
DEVELOPMENT OF THE OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER OF VICTIMS' RIGHTS AS AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCES OF VICTIMS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: INTEGRITY, ACCESS AND JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME
Tyrone Kirchengast, Mary Iliadis, Michael O'Connell
(2019), Vol. 45, pp. 1-28, MONASH UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, C1
(2019), Criminology and criminal justice, London, Eng., C1
Mark Wood, Imogen Richards, Mary Iliadis, Michael McDermott
(2019), Vol. 8, pp. 1-17, International journal for crime, justice and social democracy, Brisbane, Qld, C1
M Iliadis, K Fitz-Gibbon, S Walklate
(2019), pp. 1-10, International journal of comparative and applied criminal justice, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Mary Iliadis, Asher Flynn
(2018), Vol. 58, pp. 550-568, British journal of criminology, Oxford, Eng., C1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Other Public Sector Funding
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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