Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law; Deputy Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW

Dr Kyllie Cripps is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Indigenous Law Centre in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. Kyllie is a Pallawah woman who has worked extensively over the past twenty years in the areas of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse with Indigenous communities, defining areas of need and considering intervention options at multiple levels. She has led two major Australian Research Council grants in the areas of Indigenous violence. The first grant involved defining and contextualizing, Indigenous and non Indigenous, community and service sector, understandings and practices of partnerships in the family violence sector. The research was significant in its methodology engaging Indigenous research practices and in its results communicating the many barriers impeding the success of partnerships. Publications resulting from the research can be found below.

In 2013 Kyllie commenced a further ARC grant with fellow CI’s (Megan Davis and Annie Cossins) that involves an empirical analysis of the extent to which extra-legal factors about sexuality and Indigenous culture influence the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the NT. Whilst several studies exist relating to the prosecution of sexual assault in Australia and its incidence in Indigenous communities, this is the first Australian study to analyse sentencing transcripts to determine the extent to which extra-legal factors influence judicial decision making in cases involving Indigenous victims and/or offenders. The study will produce needed evidence to support future NT policy, legal practice and law reform relating to sentencing in sexual assault cases with broader application to other Australian jurisdictions.

Kyllie’s expertise in the area of interpersonal violence is regularly recognized with invitations to provide advice to state and federal governments. For example, in 2011 she presented her work to the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, in 2009 she was invited to present her work at an Indigenous family violence forum hosted by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs the Hon. Jenny Macklin, Minister for Housing and the Status of Women the Hon. Tanya Plibersek and the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. Kyllie has had several appointments to state and federal ministerial committees in recognition of her expertise in this area. She also routinely provides advice and training to professional groups interested in this area.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Law School, UNSW