Gender, family violence and criminal justice responses - PDA1004

In this short course, students will examine key aspects of criminal justice response to gendered violence and relevant changes in policing and courts. Students will identify a specific area for sustained investigation. Focused on this area, students will undertake a targeted review of the relevant criminological academic literature and complete an independent research exercise.

The Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre offers a series of family violence prevention education initiatives, including:

  • Professional Development Courses
  • Graduate Certificate of Family Violence Prevention and Graduate Diploma of Family Violence Prevention PhD (Arts); Master of Arts; Honours (Arts)

Our suite of new units and courses will suit professionals, graduate students or advanced undergraduate students, and aim to develop skills to help you respond critically to the current and future needs of your industry.

You will engage with the continuum of family violence prevention: primary prevention (preventing violence before it occurs), secondary prevention (early intervention to stop recurring violence), and tertiary intervention and response (to prevent long-term harm from violence).

We draw on the extensive expertise in family violence prevention of researchers across Monash from Arts (Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre), Medicine, Nursing and Health Science (Women's Mental Health Clinic, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Department of Forensic Medicine) ; the Monash Accident Research Centre; and Law.



Aims of the course

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. analyse and explain criminal justice responses to gendered family violence;
  2. engage with a variety of critical and theoretical debates focused on legal responses to family violence;
  3. identify and critically evaluate the extant literature about this issue;
  4. differentiate and appraise a range of methodological approaches that have been used to police family violence;
  5. communicate in both oral and written formats about this issue;

Topics covered

  • Key aspects of criminal justice responses to gendered violence
  • Changes in policing and courts
  • Review of relevant criminological academic literature


Your presenter will identify a variety of practical tasks during the course


A Certificate of Completion will be awarded.

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and a Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at University of Liverpool. She is a Lead Researcher in the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

Kate conducts research in the area of family violence, legal responses to lethal violence, youth justice and the effects of homicide law and sentencing reform in Australian and international jurisdictions. Kate has advised on homicide law reform, family violence and youth justice reviews in several Australian jurisdictions. In 2018 Kate was appointed to the inaugural board of Respect Victoria. In 2016 Kate was appointed as a member of the Victorian Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions.