Prof Thea Brown

Professor Emeritus

Thea Brown is an academic policy and program researcher in family violence, partnership breakdown, filicide, and social work education. Her work on family violence in the context of partnership breakdown has led to new Family Court programs (Magellan Program) and legislative change Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures), 2011. This work has been published by Allen and Unwin as Child Abuse and Family Law (co-authored with Renata Alexander) and as Family Violence and Family Law in Australia: The Experiences and Views of Children and Adults from Families who separated Post 1995 and post 2006, Vol 1 and Vol 2,  (co-authored with Dale Bagshaw, Sarah Wendt, Alan Campbell, Elspeth McInnes, Beth Tinning, Becky Batagol, Adiva Sifris, Danielle Tyson, and Paula Fernandez Arias) for the Commonwealth Attorney- General’s Department, Canberra. Professor Brown is a co-convenor of the Monash Deakin Filicide research Hub which has carried out three published filicide research studies, 2013 – 2019, and one book, When Parents Kill Children, 2018, Palgrave Macmillan (co-edited with Danelle Tyson and Paula Fernandez Arias)  and sponsored four international conferences on filicide, 2013-2019. She has been a member of state and Commonwealth policy committees on family violence, partnership breakdown, filicide and social work education and carried out many studies for NGOs across all these areas.

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Dr Danielle Tyson

Senior Lecturer

Dr Danielle Tyson is Co-Director of the Monash Deakin Filicide Research Hub and Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. Dr Tyson is recognised nationally and internationally as an expert in the field of family violence as it relates to domestic homicide and filicide (the killing of a child by a parent or step-parent). Danielle’s research develops and builds collaborations with key stakeholders and experts in the field to deliver a sound evidence base that can both inform and improve legal policy and findings that are relevant and have impact. Danielle conducts research in the area of family violence, legal responses in cases of men and women who kill their intimate partners; the effects of reforms to the law of homicide; the nexus between family violence and homelessness in women’s bail and remand outcomes; and the merits of police body-worn camera technology in responding to domestic violence in Queensland and Western Australia. The findings of her research have been published in co-authored reports with government and non-government stakeholders and community organisations, high impact journals and presented at national and international conferences.  Danielle has worked on a number of interdisciplinary, cross-Faculty and cross-institutional collaborations that have received funding to support her research including the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust; Legal Services Board Victoria; the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Criminology Research Grant Scheme; and the Commonwealth Attorney General.

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Dr Paula Fernandez Arias

Associate Researcher

Dr Paula Fernandez Arias is an associate researcher at the Department of Social Work, Monash University and a Co-director of the Monash Deakin Filicide Research Hub. Her research focuses on the intersection between gender, reproductive rights, and crimino-legal outcomes for women.

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