Domestic Violence Disclosure Schemes
About the research
Members of the MGFVPC, Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Sandra Walklate are currently involved in a program of research examining the efficacy of Domestic Violence Disclosure Schemes (DVDS, also known as ‘Clare’s Law’) in Australia and the United Kingdom. Clare’s Law was introduced in England and Wales in 2014 as an aspirational policy aimed at preventing men with known criminal (violent) background repeating their behaviour with serial partners.
Fitz-Gibbon and Walklate’s research on DVDS has been published in:
- Fitz-Gibbon, K. and Walklate, S. (2016). The Efficacy of Clare’s Law in Domestic Violence Law Reform in England and Wales, Criminology and Criminal Justice. Published Online First, doi: 10.1177/1748895816671383.
- Walklate S., Fitz-Gibbon K. (2018) 'Criminology and the Violence(s) of Northern Theorizing: A Critical Examination of Policy Transfer in Relation to Violence Against Women from the Global North to the Global South'. In: Carrington K., Hogg R., Scott J., Sozzo M. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
- Fitz-Gibbon, K. and Walklate, S. (2016) ‘UK experience of domestic violence disclosure schemes is a cautionary tale for Australia’, The Conversation, 12 October.
- Walklate, S. & Fitz-Gibbon, K. (2018) Understanding domestic violence disclosure schemes ('Clare's Law'), Research Brief, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.
About the team
Investigators: Professor Sandra Walklate, Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon
Project contacts: Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon