VIFM Council Member
Dr Debbie Kirkwood
Nominee of the Minister for Women's Affairs
Dr Deborah Kirkwood has worked in a range of roles in universities, government and non-government organizations. From 2006 to 2016 Deborah was the Senior Researcher at the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and during this time she was also Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University (2013-2016). Currently, Deborah is a Senior Researcher at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Deborah has undertaken extensive research and policy work on family violence related issues 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 child protection. Deborah has written extensively on family violence topics and presented this information to a broad range of audiences including Victorian Magistrates as part of the Magistrates Family Violence Program. 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.