Madeleine Ulbrick


Madeleine Ulbrick is a doctoral candidate, research assistant, and teaching associate at Monash University. Madeleine is also a research and legal volunteer in casework, legal education, and policy and projects at Women’s Legal Service Victoria. Madeleine was awarded First Class Honours and her honours thesis received the highest result in the Criminology cohort, leading to her being awarded the Criminology Dissertation Prize in 2014. She also received the Faculty of Arts publication Prize in 2014, awarded to exceptional honours students within the Faculty of Arts who have received an outstanding honours thesis result and are looking to publish a paper based on their thesis. Madeleine also received an honourable commendation for her work by the leading national criminology body – the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology – for her honours literature review. This is a highly prestigious commendation, recognising the quality of her honours thesis. Madeleine has also achieved significant publication success, having an article accepted with no revisions required in the high-quality, high-impact, peer reviewed legal journal – the Melbourne University Law Review. The article will be published in the review’s first volume for 2016 (Ulbrick, M., Flynn, A., & Tyson, D, ‘The Abolition of Defensive Homicide: A Step Towards Populist Punitivism at the Expense of Mentally Impaired Offenders’ (2016) 40(1) Melbourne University Law Review (advance)). In addition, Madeleine is currently working on a number of other articles to be submitted to high-impact, peer-reviewed journals.

Research Topic

‘Escaping’ Family Violence: Legal Barriers for Women Beyond the Urban Frontier.


This research project seeks to investigate what legal barriers exist for Aboriginal, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and cognitively impaired women who have or are experiencing family violence in peri-urban, regional, rural and remote areas across Victoria, and who have sought free legal assistance through community legal centres (CLCs). Specifically, this project seeks to examine: 1) women’s experiences with, and perceptions of, police and police prosecutors in family violence matters; 2) women’s experiences with, and perceptions of, CLCs and the assistance they provide in family violence matters; and 3) the impacts of shifts in federal funding priorities on CLCs. In doing so, this research will provide an enhanced understanding of the obstacles that Aboriginal, CALD and cognitively impaired women encounter in seeking free legal assistance. In addition, this research aims to develop evidence-based recommendations to improve legal policy, practice and access to legal services in this area.


Prof Jude McCulloch
Dr Asher Flynn
Dr Danielle Tyson

Research Interests

Family violence, family law, access to justice, and law reform.

Personal websites

Twitter: @maddygrace