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A/Prof. Mary Iliadis

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Position

Associate Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Hum & Social Science

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2018

Contact

mary.iliadis@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46063

Biography

Dr Mary Iliadis is an Associate Professor of Criminology at Deakin University, and co-founder and co-convenor of the Deakin Network Against Gendered Violence.

A/Prof Iliadis is recognised for her research on legal and non-legal regulation and responses to domestic, family and sexual violence. She pioneered the first transnational study on victim-focused reforms that offer victim-survivors of sexual violence enhanced rights to participation and information in criminal justice systems across Australia, England and Ireland. Her work is violence- and trauma-informed, and employs culturally safe and responsive principles to ensure and prioritise victim-survivors' wellbeing.

A/Prof Iliadis leads several competitively funded research projects in the areas of trauma-informed responses to sexual offence victim-survivors through the role of independent legal representation to safeguard private information from use in the courtroom (medical/counselling records, prior sexual experiences, digital communications). She is also researching how technologies are weaponised to perpetrate violence, as well as harnessed by advocates, victim-survivors and practitioners to enhance responses to gendered violence. This includes exploring how police body-worn cameras are used in domestic and family violence callouts; whether CCTV provides safety and security to victim-survivors; and the nature and extent of technology-faciliated abuse in the Pacific (Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu).

A/Prof Iliadis has a strong track record of high impact publications that have informed national and international commissions of inquiry, including Northern Ireland’s Gillen Review into Sexual Offences (2021), Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce: Hear Her Voice (2022), Royal Commission into Family Violence (2016) and the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s report on Improving the Justice System Response to Sexual Offences (2021), among others.

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Career highlights

2022 Vice-Chancellor’s Early-Career Research Award for Research Excellence.

2022 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Outstanding Policing Research Award.

2022 World Society of Victimology Benjamin Mendelsohn Young Scholar Award.

2022 Invitation to deliver a keynote presentation at the 17th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology in San Sebastian, Spain.

2020 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) New Scholar Prize for best publication in criminology.

2019 St Mary’s College Visiting Women’s Fellowship at Durham University (UK).

2018 Semi-finalist for The Bridge Create Change Award (Seven News Awards) for research excellence and impact.

Affiliations

Co-founder and co-convenor of the Deakin Network Against Gendered Violence.

Stream lead for 'Promoting Cyber Safe Behaviours' at Deakin's Centre for Cyber Resilience and Trust (CREST).

Units taught

Crime, Victims and Justice (ACR203)

Crime, Media and Justice (ACR204) 

Crime Prevention and Security (ACR211)

Crime, Terrorism and Security (ACR305)

Research Communication (Honours) (AIX494)

Public Criminology and Criminological Knowledge (Masters and Grad Cert) (ACR704)

Knowledge areas

A/Prof Mary Iliadis researches in the areas of domestic, family and sexual violence, with specific expertise in:

Legal system responses to victim-survivors

  • Legal protections of victim-survivors' private information in court proceedings (counselling/medical records, prior sexual experiences, digital communications).
  • Victim participation rights in the legal system through independent legal representation.
  • Victim-survivors' experiences of the legal process.

Gendered violence and technology:

  • Police body-worn camera technologies in family violence callouts.
  • Technology-facilitated domestic abuse.
  • CCTV systems for family violence victim-survivors.
  • Preventing and disrupting technology-facilitated abuse against women using targeted digital advertising and search engine optimisation techniques.

Research groups

Co-founder and co-convenor of the Deakin Network Against Gendered Violence.

Stream lead for 'Promoting Cyber Safe Behaviours' at Deakin's Centre for Cyber Resilience and Trust (CREST).

Projects

e-Safety Commissioner, Preventing and disrupting technology-facilitated abuse against women using targeted digital advertising and search optimisation techniques, with Dr Diarmaid Harkin and Prof Chad Whelan: $343,756, 2024–2026.

Criminology Research Council (Australian Institute of Criminology), ‘Trauma-informed responses to sexual assault victims: Protecting sensitive third-party evidence’, with A/Prof. Michael Salter, UNSW; Dr Delanie Woodlock, Monash; Dr Zarina Vakhitova, Monash: $60,086, 2023–2025.

Criminology Research Council (Australian Institute of Criminology), Can CCTV provide safety and security to victims?, with Dr Diarmaid Harkin, Prof Marilyn McMahon and Karen Bentley (CEO of WESTNET): $50,268.24, 2022–2024.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Cyber Security Branch, ‘Technology-facilitated domestic violence in the Pacific (Tonja, Fiji and Vanuatu)’, with Dr Diarmaid Harkin, Deakin; Prof Matthew Clarke, Deakin; and Ms Karen Bentley, CEO of WESNET: $517,353, 2022–2025.

Criminology Research Council (Australian Institute of Criminology), ‘Police body-worn cameras in response to domestic and family violence: A national study of victim-survivor perspectives and experiences’, (with A/Prof. Bridget Harris, Dr Delanie Woodlock, A/Prof. Asher Flynn, Dr Zarina Vakhitova and A/Prof Danielle Tyson): $67,348, 2022–2024.

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

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

A/Prof Mary Iliadis, A/Prof Danielle Tyson

Aust Institute of Criminology - Criminology Research Grants

  • 2023: $172
  • 2022: $25,615
  • 2021: $1,125

Building Support Services for Women Experiencing Technology-Facilitated Domestic Violence in Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu

Dr Diarmaid Harkin, Prof Matthew Clarke, A/Prof Mary Iliadis

1-5 DFAT Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program

  • 2023: $181,517
  • 2022: $150,000

Can CCTV provide safety and security for victim-survivors of domestic and family violence ?

Dr Diarmaid Harkin, A/Prof Mary Iliadis, Prof Marilyn McMahon

Aust Institute of Criminology - Criminology Research Grants

  • 2023: $18,279
  • 2022: $13,709

Trauma-informed responses for sexual offence victims: protecting sensitive third-party evidence.

A/Prof Mary Iliadis

Aust Institute of Criminology - Criminology Research Grants

  • 2023: $16,387

Other Public Sector Funding

eSAFETY COMMISSIONER- Preventing and disrupting technology-facilitated abuse against women using targeted digital advertising and search engine optimisation techniques

Dr Diarmaid Harkin, A/Prof Mary Iliadis, Prof Chad Whelan

Office of the eSafety Commissioner

  • 2023: $170,281

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2024

April Murphy

Thesis entitled: Male Victim-Survivors of Sexual Violence: A National Study on Help-Seeking

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Co-supervisor
2022

Ece Zongur

Thesis entitled: Sentencing Male Perpetrators of Intimate-Partner Homicides: A CrossJurisdictional Analysis Women's use of non-fatal force in the context of intimate partner violence

Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences