Panel: "Domestic Violence, Police Accountability, and Women's Criminalisation"


The organising committee of the Victorian Postgraduate Criminology Conference welcomes you to a free public panel event, to be held at RMIT University City Campus. Register here to attend.

Chaired by The Honourable Marcia Neave AO, this panel will discuss the nexus between domestic violence, police accountability issues (and duty failures), and the soaring female imprisonment rate in Victoria and nationally.

Aboriginal women are the fastest growing prisoner population in Australia, and family violence is an almost universal experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in prison. Cases such as the death of Yamatji woman Ms Dhu, and the police response to domestic violence reported by WA woman Tamica Mullaley, are illustrative of police prioritising a punitive response to minor offending by Indigenous women, and a disregard of their history of domestic violence.

Police incorrectly identifying the female victim as the 'primary aggressor' in domestic violence incidents has likewise been identified as a pathway towards women's criminalisation.

Drawing together a range of expert voices, this panel event will provide an opportunity to reflect on these pressing justice issues.


  •  Louise Taylor (a Kamilaroi woman, lawyer, and deputy CEO of Legal Aid Canberra)
  • Vickie Roach (a Yuin woman, member of the Stolen Generation, writer, poet, former prisoner, and activist for Aboriginal women caught up in the criminal justice system)
  • Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte (policy lawyer, Women's Legal Service Victoria)
  • Professor Jude McCulloch (convener, Monash Gender and Family Violence focus program


The panel will commence at 5.30pm with an official Welcome to Country and will be followed by light refreshments (from 7pm).


Please note as this is a public event you must register for this as well as register your attendance for the conference itself. Please also remember to send us any information about dietary requirements you may have for the conference catering. 


Swanston Academic Building (Building 80), RMIT University

445 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Level 2, Room 002