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Professor Patricia Easteal

School of Law & Justice
Highest Qualification – PhD
HDR Completions - 5

Contact Details
Phone No.: +61 (0) 2 6201 5779
Email: patricia.easteal@canberra.edu.au


Prof Easteal has written or edited 17 books and over 180 academic journal articles, book chapters and government reports that have brought to light various issues relating to the legal system and justice for women and other minorities. Her primary focus is violence against women.

Prof Easteal's research is approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. She investigates the context of the law and how media, language, and cultural values affect the substance and practice of the law, specifically in the areas of criminal law, family law, discrimination law, and immigration law. Her research record is evident in terms of quantity, international reach and academic and 'real world' impact/quality. Important aspects of her research are its applicability to real life issues such as law reform, policy-making, sentencing and the nexus of her research with her teaching.

Primary areas of impact and research have been: women who kill a violent partner; partner rape; sexual assault law reform and its limitations; manifestations of domestic violence and legal response including civil, criminal, family and immigration with a focus on migrant and indigenous women; and workplace sexual harassment and bullying and legal response.

  • ANROWS Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Research Priorities Grant (with Melbourne University) $150,000 grant for research project on Media representations of violence against women. (ANROWS is category 1);
  • Bureau of Immigration and Population Research (Department of Immigration) research grants to study overseas born women and family violence and another project on overseas-born women in prison. About $100,000;
  • Criminology Research Council grant – Doctors' (GPs and Casualty doctors) attitudes and knowledge concerning domestic violence. The article published from this grant is top cited publication.
  • 2001 Less Than Equal: Women and the Australian Legal System (Sydney: Butterworths);
  • 2014 Shades of Grey: Domestic and Sexual Violence Against Women: Law Reform and Society (London: Routledge);
  • 2010 Women and the Law in Australia (ed) (Sydney: LexisNexis);
  • 2014 Carline, Anna and Patricia Easteal, Domestic and Sexual Violence Against Women- Law Reform and Society: Shades of Grey Routledge, London.

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Areas of Research Interest

  • Women and the law
  • Violence against women
  • Family law
  • Discrimination and the law
  • Access to justice

Research Theories / Models of Interest

  • Sociology of Law
  • Feminism
  • Intersectionality

Research Methods of Interest

  • Legal judgment analysis
  • In depth Interviews
  • Email interviews
  • Surveys
  • Qualitative media analysis
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