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Director, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre; Professor of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon is Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Professor of Social Sciences at Monash University. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at University of Liverpool.

Kate conducts research in the area of family violence, responses to violence against women, the impacts of policy and practice reform in Australian and international jurisdictions. This research is undertaken with a key focus on issues relating to gender, constructions of responsibility and justice. The findings of her research have been published in leading academic journals and books.

Kate has advised on homicide law reform, family violence and youth justice reviews in several Australian and international jurisdictions.


  • 2022–present
    Professor of Social Sciences, Monash University
  • 2020–2022
    Associate Professor of Criminology, Monash University
  • 2016–2020
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Monash University
  • 2012–2016
    Lecturer in Criminology, Deakin University


  • 2019 
    University of Melbourne, Masters of Human Rights Law
  • 2015 
    Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Company Directors Course
  • 2013 
    Deakin University, Graduate Certificate of Higher Education
  • 2012 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 2008 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • British Society of Criminology

Research Areas

  • Law And Legal Studies (18)
  • Criminology (1602)
  • Courts And Sentencing (160203)
  • Criminal Law And Procedure (180110)
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) (180120)