Filicide, the unlawful killing of a child by a parent or parent equivalent such as a step-parent, grand-parent or guardian, (Brown and Tyson, 2012), is a shocking and tragic event. Sadly, Australia appears to have a high incidence of filicide as compared with other countries internationally (Pritchard, Davey and Williams, 2013).


Estimates range from 23 children killed per year (Mouzos and Rushworth, 2003) to 27 children killed per year (Kirkwood, 2012), that is one child approximately killed per fortnight. Children killed range in age from one day old to adulthood, but most research counts only children up to 18.

Goal 1

Research into the incidence, nature and causes of filicide in Australia

Goal 2

Research into ways of reducing the occurrence of filicide in Australia

Goal 3

Communication of research knowledge on filicide

Goal 4

Education of academics, professionals, service organisations and governments on filicide.

Filicide research Hub Launch

Held on Tuesday 29th May, 2018

RACV Club, 501 Bourke st, Melbourne


Meet the team

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Professor Thea Brown

Emeritus Professor
Department of Social Work 
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

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Dr. Danielle Tyson

Dr Danielle Tyson is senior lecturer in Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University.

Dr Paula Fernandez Arias

Associate Researcher
Department of Social Work
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University