New Conference Alert

ADDRESSING FILICIDE: Fourth International Conference for Cross National Dialogue

14 – 15 November, 2019, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne, Australia

This post was prepared by Professor Thea Brown, Emeritus Professor, Social Work, Monash University


Filicide is the killing of children by their parents.

The Monash Deakin Filicide Research Hub is now calling for abstracts and welcomes contributions to the forthcoming conference across all disciplines including law, psychology, social work, criminology, criminal justice, general medicine, psychiatry, nursing, policy research, academic, governmental and non-governmental
researchers, policy and program developers as well as from service organisations and victim advocacy and support groups.
The conference aims to address the following themes:

Types of filicide

All manifestations of filicide such as neonaticide, infanticide, single or multiple filicide, filicide-suicide, familicide, or any other intra-familial child homicide event.

Factors associated with filicide

Associated factors that are present or might a part of a filicide event including but not limited to, domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, alcohol
abuse, family law, separation or divorce, criminal history.

Education and prevention

Explores the role of education and prevention for communities, professional, existing programs, policy initiatives, risk assessment strategies, etc.

Criminal Justice System and Filicide

Explore the interactions between the different parts of the criminal justice
system and filicide events such as police, forensic experts, prison
programs, child death review committees, coroners, etc.


Any new research relating to filicide and media coverage of filicide events.
Post filicide services Examines the existence and role of programs for victims, their families, and other filicide survivors that may be available.

Creating child safe organizations and filicide

Surveys the impact of the newly implemented child safety policy on filicide prevention


We would like to emphasise that other themes may present themselves to contributors that are equally as important and we are happy to consider additional issues and themes.

Abstracts should be 300 words long including the title of the paper. In addition please state the theme to be addressed, the authors’ names and addresses, (postal and email) and organisational address (postal and email).
Abstracts are to be emailed to

For further information please visit our web site or contact the organising committee:
Professor Thea Brown
Social Work, Monash University

Dr Danielle Tyson
Criminology, Deakin University

Dr Paula Fernandez Arias
Social Work, Monash University

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