PhD opportunity in the Gender & Family Violence Program

The Monash Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention research program is seeking a suitably qualified student to undertake a PhD project on intimate partner homicide death reviews. The student will be supervised and supported by leading experts in family violence and be part of the program’s research team. The PhD project will be part of the Australian Research Discovery Project Securing Women’s Lives: Preventing Intimate Partner Homicide. The PhD will be undertaken in the Social and Political Sciences PhD Program.

Violence against women costs the world a staggering $6.3 trillion each year. Family violence is one of the leading preventable causes of death and injury among Australian women under 45. Intimate partner violence is the most common form of family violence. Each week in Australia at least one woman is killed by a man, typically an intimate (ex)partner. Worldwide two thirds of the victims of intimate partner homicides are women. Unquestionably the risk of a woman dying at the hands of a man she knows far outweighs the risk of death from terrorism. Intimate partner homicides have long been recognised as the most preventable types of homicide because histories of abuse provide clear indicators of risk.

Domestic and family violence death reviews provide key evidence on risk factors for family violence fatalities and have been used internationally to inform the development of risk assessment tools, in an effort to prevent intimate partner homicides. There are multiple approaches and organisations involved in intimate partner homicide reviews nationally and internationally. These include investigations of individual deaths by bodies such as Coroner courts and police complaints authorities, and more systematic reviews of multiple deaths in order to identify patterns pertaining to perpetrators, victims and the circumstances surrounding such deaths.  

The PhD project aims to systematically map, investigate, compare, contrast and analyse the different approaches to intimate partner death reviews in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK. The objective of the study will be to identify a best practice model for reviewing such deaths with the aim to developing better preventative approaches to intimate partner homicides.

Interested candidates should forward an expression of interest (no more than 500 words) along with CV to jude.mcculloch@monash.edu

Closing: 15 October 2017