Identifying Risk in Intimate Partner Violence Psychiatric, Psychological and Legal Factors

Identifying Risk in Intimate Partner Violence Psychiatric, Psychological and Legal Factors

Time: 4.30 – 6.00pm
Date: Monday 25 November
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Queensland College of Art,
Griffith University South Bank Campus, South Brisbane 4101

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Violence against an intimate partner is common and can have a wide range of outcomes. In this seminar leading experts will share their knowledge concerning how we might identify and respond to the highest-risk offenders.


1630-1640: Welcome, Introduction and Context
Professor Mark Kebbell, School of Applied Psychology and Griffith Institute of Criminology, Griffith University.

1640-1700: Intimate partner violence fundamentals – how the law is structured, and how it is applied.
Joseph Briggs, Queensland Legal Aid
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1700-1720 :Learning from Tragedy: Findings from The Queensland Domestic and Family Death Review Board.
Associate Professor Kathleen Baird, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University
Deputy Chair, Queensland Domestic and Family Death Review and Homicide Review Board.
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1720-1750: Assessing intimate partner violence risk: challenges and possible solutions.
Associate Professor Troy McEwan, Swinbourne University and Forensicare.
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1750-1800: Closing remarks



Professor Mark Kebbell is Queensland President of ANZAPPL and Professor of Forensic Psychology at the School of Applied Psychology Griffith University and Griffith Criminology Institute. His expertise and research are in the area of investigative psychology particularly with regards the investigation and prosecution of serious crime. Mark’s previous work has included writing the guidelines for police officers in England and Wales (with Wagstaff) for assessing witness evidence and developing risk assessment methods for policing.

Joseph Briggs was admitted as a barrister in 1992 and, since 1998, has been a member of the Public Defenders’ Chambers of Legal Aid Queensland in Brisbane. Joe has considerable experience in trial courts in diverse locations including the aboriginal communities in the Gulf and Mt Isa regions on circuit. He has conducted a number of appeals in the Court of Appeal, and has appeared in a number of Commissions of Inquiry including the Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia in 2016. For the many years, Joe has also practised in the Queensland Mental Health Court and has conducted over 1800 matters including numerous murders and attempted murders, and has also represented several persons who have appealed from decisions of the Mental Health Court. Joe has experience in the Mental Health Review Tribunal and is a member of the Queensland Law Society (QLS) Health and Disability Committee and helped established the QLS Ethics Sub-Committee.

Associate Professor Kathleen Baird holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women Newborn and Children’s Services at Gold Coast University Hospital. Dr Baird has been a midwife since 1996 and has clinical experience in a variety of positions. In her academic career, which stretches over two continents, Dr Baird work has a strong focus on maternity care, the health response to domestic and family violence and women’s health. Her current appointments include a member of Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Domestic and Family Death and Homicide Review Board. Dr Baird is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Associate Professor Troy McEwan is National President of ANZAPPL and a senior clinical and forensic psychologist at Forensicare in Melbourne, and a researcher with a particular interest in the effective assessment, treatment and management of complex criminal behaviours such as stalking, family and intimate partner violence, sexual offending, and firesetting. In addition to more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, she has co-authored and validated five risk assessment instruments for stalking and family violence, which are used by police, mental health and related agencies in Australia and around the world.

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