Presentations to focus on sex crimes, filicide

Dr Li Eriksson, from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will speak about maternal and paternal filicide at a special research presentation hosted by the Violence Research and Prevention Program

Historical analysis of sex crimes in Australia during the 1950s and an insight into why some parents kill their children will feature in a special research presentation to be hosted by Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program.

Starting at 1pm on Wednesday, September 11, at the Mt Gravatt campus, Dr Amanda Kaladelfos will present Gender, Violence and Immigration: Analysing Australian Sex Crimes Trials from the 1950s, while Dr Li Eriksson’s topic will be Maternal and Paternal Filicide: Case studies from the Australian Homicide Project.

Dr Kaladelfos holds the Arts, Education and Law Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Griffith University’s ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. Her work includes a project examining the policing and prosecution of homicide in twentieth century Australia and a collaboration with Lisa Featherstone, from the University of Newcastle, on a study of the treatment of sex crime in the 1950s.

The 1950s was a decade of large-scale immigration to Australia and Dr Kaladelfos’ presentation willanalyse how conceptions of gender, ethnicity and violence influenced the prosecution of trials involving immigrants.

Her researchsuggests that gender violence played a much more important role in the state’s treatment of immigrants than has previously been recognised.

Dr Li Eriksson is an Associate Lecturer with Griffith’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She received her PhD this year for research examining the differences between men who kill their intimate partners and men who kill others.

Her research forms part of the Australian Homicide Project, a national ARC Discovery initiative examining developmental and situational pathways to homicide.

With regard to maternal and paternal filicide — thekilling of one’s child or children – Dr Eriksson’s presentation will feature data collected between 2010 and 2013 through interviews with people convicted of murder or manslaughter in Australia.

She added that these case studies provided detailed information on the developmental background of the perpetrators themselves, as well as motives and situational contexts of their crimes.

Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program aims to produce cutting edge knowledge about the causes, consequences and best approaches for understanding, controlling and preventing violence.

WHERE: M06 2.07 Lecture Theatre, Mount Gravatt campus, Griffith University

WHEN: Wednesday, September 11, at 1pm. Tea and Coffee will be available

RSVP : by 4pm, September 9, to Nickola Lukacs at [email protected] or (07) 3735 5978