Deborah Kirkwood

Deborah Kirkwood

Senior Research Officer
Australian Institute of Family Studies
PhD (Monash University)

Deborah Kirkwood has a doctorate in social science. She has extensive research and policy experience from her work in government and non-government organisations and universities. Deborah has written extensively on issues relating to violence against women and children. In previous roles as Senior Researcher at the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, she has undertaken research on intimate partner homicide, filicide, family dispute resolution, the impact of family violence on children and child protection. Deborah has worked collaboratively across community organisations and with academics from Law and Social Work faculties applying a socio-legal approach to her work. She has presented research findings through a broad range of mediums with a focus on knowledge translation.

At the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Deborah is part of the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Information Exchange.

Selected publications

Humphreys, C, Healey, L, Kirkwood, D & Nicholson, D (2018) Children living with domestic violence: A differential response through multi-agency collaboration, Australian Social Work.

McKenzie, M, Kirkwood, D, Tyson, D, Naylor, B (2017) Intimate partner homicides, Law Institute of Victoria Journal, May 2017.

McKenzie, M, Kirkwood, D, Tyson, D, Naylor, B (2016) Out of Character: Legal responses to intimate partner homicides by men in Victoria 2005-2014, Discussion Paper9, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

Tyson, D, Kirkwood, D, McKenzie, M and Naylor, B (2015) The effects of the 2005 reforms on legal responses to women who kill intimate partners, in Homicide Law Reform in Victoria: Prospects and Retrospect, Federation Press, edited by Freiberg, A and Fitzgibbon, K.

Tyson, D, Kirkwood, D and McKenzie, M (2015) Family violence in domestic homicides: A case study of women who killed intimate partners post-legislative reform in Victoria, Australia, Violence Against Women Journal, Sage.

Kirkwood, D and McKenzie, M (2013) Filicide in the context of parental separation, Australian Journal of Family Law 27, 78-94.

Kirkwood, D, McKenzie, M and Tyson, D (2013) Justice or Judgement? The impact of the Victorian homicide law reforms on responses to women who kill intimate partners, Discussion Paper 9, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, funded by Victorian Women’s Trust.

Kirkwood, D (2012) ‘Just Say Goodbye’, Parents who kill their children in the context of separation, Discussion Paper8, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

Kirkwood, D and McKenzie, M (2009) Family dispute resolution and family violence in the family law system, Current Family Law, 14, 149-157.

Kirkwood, D and Diemer, K (2006) Victorian Family Violence Database Five Year Report 1999-2004, Vol. 2, Victorian Community Council Against Violence, Department of Justice, 2006.