VIFM Council Member
Dr Debbie Kirkwood
Nominee of the Minister for Women's Affairs
Dr Deborah Kirkwood is currently a Family Violence Research
Consultant. She completed her PhD at Monash University in 2000
before commencing as a lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University.
Deborah then took up the role as the Policy Officer at the Federation of Community Legal Centres and then as a Senior Policy Officer at the Victorian Community Council Against Violence in the Department of Justice. Deborah’s most recent role was the Senior Research Officer at the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. During this time she was also Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University (2013-2016).
Deborah has undertaken extensive research and policy work on family violence including intimate partner homicide, filicide, homicide law reform, the long-term support needs of victim/survivors, service responses to family violence, family dispute resolution, family violence risk assessment and the impact of family violence on children. Deborah has written extensively on family violence issues and presented this information to a broad range of audiences including Victorian magistrates as part of the Magistrates Family Violence Program.
The Commission for Children and Young People engaged Deborah as a family violence expert Case Consultant for a Child Death Review. Deborah has been involved in family violence policy developments through membership of Advisory and Steering Committees for the State Government and the Victorian Law Reform Commission.