Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Assoc. Professor, Monash University
About the Presenter:
Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon is Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at University of Liverpool. Kate completed her PhD at Monash in 2012, following which she was appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology in School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. In 2016 Kate was appointed as a member of the Victorian Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions and also sits as a member of the Monash City Council Gender Equity Advisory Committee. Previously Kate was Chair of the Barwon Centre against Sexual Assault Governance Board and a member of the Step Back Think Board of Directors.
The areas where Kate conducts research are family violence, adolescent 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. Kate’s 2014 sole-authored book, Homicide Law Reform, Gender and the Provocation Defence: A Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan), was cited by the High Court of Australia in Lindsay v The Queen  HCA 16.
Inspector Phil Curtis, Manager, Safe Families Coordination Unit, Tasmania Police
About the Presenter:
Inspector Phil Curtis has been with Tasmania Police for over 33 years. Phil is the Manager in charge of the Safe Families Coordination Unit and has worked predominantly within investigative areas of the police service. His key interests are in investigation of sexual assault and investigative interviewing. Through the University of Tasmania, he has a Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies), a Graduate Certificate (Public Sector Leadership and Management), a Bachelor of Arts with Professional Honours (Investigative Practice); and has completed the Specialist Vulnerable Witness Forensic Interviewing Course with the Centre for Investigative Interviewing. Phil is a Member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group.