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Director Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, CI ARC Centre of Excellence for the Elimination of Violence against Women (CEVAW), School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies (SOPHIS), School of Social Sciences (SOSS), Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Professor Kyllie Cripps is a Palawa woman, in the School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies (SOPHIS) and the School of Social Sciences, at Monash University. She is also the Director of Monash's Indigenous Studies Centre.

Kyllie is one of Australia’s leading researchers on Indigenous family violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Having worked extensively with Indigenous communities for over 20 years she has led three major ARC grants and an AHURI grant. She is also a CI on the recently announced ARC Centre of Excellence for The Elimination of Violence Against Women (@_CEVAW). She has contributed to the field through empirical studies that have defined violence on Indigenous terms, identified the factors contributing to violence, and examined the access and availability of services to Indigenous peoples in the aftermath of violence. Her work has been critical in identifying gaps and opportunities to create sustainable solutions to support policy and practice change that is responsive to the identified needs of Indigenous communities.

Kyllie’s research and engagement on solutions draws on the strength of her interdisciplinary experience and the value of using an intersectional lens for appreciating the context of violence. In the ‘doing of research’ Kyllie is focussed on creating safe places for community members to talk about topics that are often shrouded in silence. She finds it a great privilege to meet and work with Indigenous communities, to hear their stories, particularly those working at the coal face, providing care and shelter to those in need.

Kyllie’s work has focused on providing communities with resources to support their work, networking with individuals and community organisations and connecting others in similar circumstances in other parts of Australia and the world so as to create a network of care and safety that is empowering for all involved.


  • 2023–present
    Professor, Monash University Centre of Indigenous Studies


  • 2021 
    Harvard University, Certificate in Management Excellence
  • 2020 
    University of Sydney, MCrim
  • 2005 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 1999 
    University of South Australia, BA (Hons) Aboriginal Studies
  • 1998 
    University of South Australia, BA Aboriginal Affairs Administration


  • 2021
    Cripps, K ‘Media constructions of Indigenous women in sexual assault cases: reflections from Australia and Canada’ , Current Issues in Criminal Justice doi:
  • 2020
    Cripps, K 'Implementation options and evaluation of integrated service model responses to address family violence in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities' , Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, services-to-dfv-in-indigenous-communities-ijc-2020.pdf
  • 2019
    Cripps, K & Habibis D Improving housing and service responses to domestic and family violence for Indigenous individuals and families, AHURI Final Report 320, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne. Accessible at:
  • 2016
    Libesman, T 'Chapter 13: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s welfare and well-being', in & Cripps, K ', Young, L, Kenny, M A & Monahan, G Children and the Law in Australia (2nd Edition). LexisNexis. pp307- 336.
  • 2016
    Cripps, K & Laurens, J 'The protection of cultural identity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children exiting from Statutory Out of Home Care via Permanent Care Orders: Further observations on the risk of cultural disconnection to inform a policy and legislative reform framework', Australian Indigenous Law Review, 19(1), pp70-87
  • 2014
    Cripps, K & Adams, M Chapter 23: Indigenous family violence: Pathways forward, in Walker, R., Dudgeon, P. & Milroy, H. Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet: Canberra.
  • 2013
    Cripps K & Nixon, K 'Child Protection Policy and Indigenous Intimate Partner Violence: Who’s Failing to Protect Whom?', in S Strega, J Krane, S Lapierre & C Richardson (eds) Failing to Protect: Moving Beyond Gendered Responses. Fernwood Publishing: Winnipeg.
  • 2012
    Cripps, K & Davis, M 'Communities working to reduce Indigenous family violence', Research Brief No 12, Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse,
  • 2012
    Cripps, K 'Indigenous Children’s ‘Best Interests’ at the Crossroads: Citizenship Rights, Indigenous Mothers and Child Protection Authorities', International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 5 (12), pp25-35
  • 2011
    Cripps, K 'Speaking Up To The Silences: Victorian Koori Courts and the Complexities of Indigenous Family Violence', Indigenous Law Bulletin 7 (26), pp31-34
  • 2010
    Cripps, K, Miller, L & Saxton-Barney, J '“Too hard to handle’: Indigenous victims of violence with disabilities', Indigenous Law Bulletin 7 (21) pp3-6.
  • 2009
    Cripps, K, Bennett, C, Gurrin, L, & Studdert, D 'Victims of violence among Indigenous mothers living with dependent children', Medical Journal of Australia, 191, (9), pp 481-485
  • 2008
    Cripps, K 'Indigenous family violence: A statistical challenge', INJURY: International Journal of the Care of the Injured, 39(5) p S25-S35
  • 2008
    Cripps, K & McGlade, H '). Indigenous family violence & sexual abuse: considering pathways forward', . Journal of Family Studies, 14 (2–3), pp 240–253.
  • 2007
    Cripps, K 'Indigenous family violence: From emergency measures to committed long term action', . Australian Indigenous Law Review 11(2) pp6-18
  • 2002
    Stanley, J, Kovacs, K, Tomison, A & Cripps, K 'Child Abuse and Family Violence in Aboriginal Communities - Exploring Child Sexual Abuse in Western Australia. Melbourne: National Child Protection Clearinghouse. A literature review' for, Gordon, S. (2002). Putting the picture together: Inquiry into Response by Government Agencies to Complaints of Family Violence and Child Abuse in Aboriginal Communities. Perth: State Law Publisher p535-624.