About this episode

Filicide, the killing of a child by a parent or a parental figure, is a heinous and incomprehensible crime. Professor Thea Brown, with her colleagues Associate Professor Danielle Tyson and Dr Paula Fernandez Arias from the Monash Deakin Filicide Research Hub shared between Monash and Deakin Universities, has been studying filicide for years, in the hope of uncovering common factors linked to filicide that could be included in future prevention initiatives. Her studies identified common social, familial, and personal circumstances that characterised many cases of filicide in Australia over the past decades. More

Original Article Reference

This Audio is a summary of the papers ‘Filicide offenders’, in Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice,;
‘An abominable crime: filicide in the context of parental separation and divorce’, in Children Australia,; and ‘Filicide and parental separation and divorce’, in Child Abuse Review,


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