The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law will review all laws, policies, procedures and practices regulating the education of children with a disability in Victoria’s schools. It will produce recommendations for the Department of Education and Training (DET) detailing the reforms necessary to ensure that all relevant documents and practices comply with Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
The project addresses recent research showing that many children with a disability are inadequately supported in schools, leading to poor educational outcomes and entrenched disadvantage throughout their lives. The DET is a key supporter of this project.
Prof Sarah Joseph (Monash – Faculty of Law) Prof Paula Gerber (Monash – Faculty of Law) Dr Claire Spivakovsky (Monash - Faculty of Arts) Colin Biggers and Paisley Lawyers
The project aims to improve legal responses to homicides that occur in the context of family violence. The Crimes (Homicide) Act 2005 was introduced to improve responses to family violence homicides. Although Victoria has been hailed as a model for other states, aspects of the reforms have attracted criticism. The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the reforms. Our study will complement the review and address gaps in knowledge, by comprehensively analysing trial transcripts and interviewing legal professionals, to identify how family violence is being recognised in homicide cases. The research findings will be used to develop evidence-based recommendations for change within the legal system, and to educate legal professionals involved in domestic homicide cases.
Dr Deborah Kirkwood (Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria) A/Prof Bronwyn Naylor Dr Danielle Tyson (Department of Criminology, School of Political & Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts)