Intimate partner homicides where there is no known history of violence are not uncommon.
Under recently announced Victoria Police changes, family violence will be investigated as major crime by specialised units.
Abolishing defensive homicide in Victoria was a mistake has left the law inflexibile in dealing with homicide offences.
New laws are often seen as an answer in tackling intimate partner violence, but our research shows it is not always the best response.
Psychological abuse of intimate partners is a public health problem, and is not well-regulated by the law.
Police sometimes misidentify victims as perpetrators – because the real perpetrator has misled them, or because the victim is not displaying "typical" behaviour.
In the last few years, significant resources have been devoted to changing attitudes towards domestic violence – so why aren’t the numbers going down?
The enthusiasm around swift, certain and fair approaches to sentencing offenders may not be backed by evidence.
The review of the Australian family law system is welcome, but it should not waste precious time and resources on data that already exist.
The trial of the cashless welfare card, to control unhealthy spending in Indigenous communities, is being expanded partly due to emotive well-funded campaigns. Meanwhile, evidence is being ignored.
Comprehensive, independent Australian data regarding domestic violence within churches is long overdue.
Research is revealing that both families who have experienced adolescent family violence and those working with them feel the criminal justice system is not an appropriate way to respond to it.
Family violence will not always be ‘obvious’ to CCTV. Therefore measures must be put in place to ensure that footage cannot be used against victims should circumstances of violence be challenged.
Islam’s position on domestic violence is drawn from the Qur’an, prophetic practice, and historical and contemporary legal verdicts.
A year since its royal commission reported, Victoria continues to lead the nation in how to respond to, and prevent, family violence.
Women living in high financial stress and those who have a disability or chronic health condition are most at risk of economic abuse.
Following Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence, should the state change the way it sentences offenders?
Police remain critical in the effort to tackling family violence in all its forms. But more than just a commitment to extra police and training is needed to improve outcomes for victim-survivors.
A new study has revealed heavy episodic drinking doubles the risk of family and domestic violence.
The Turnbull government has announced it will strengthen the law relating to family violence.