Dr Kyllie Cripps is a Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. Kyllie as a Pallawa woman has worked extensively over the past tweny years in the areas of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse with Indigenous communities, defining areas of need and considering intervention options at multiple levels. She has led three major Australian Research Council grants in the areas of Indigenous family violence including one defining and contextualizing, Indigenous and non Indigenous, community and service sector, understandings and practices of partnerships in the family violence sector. The research in this area was significant for identifying gaps and opportunities in the sector that could facilitate improvements in service responses to Indigenous family violence. A further ARC grant with fellow CI’s Professor Megan Davis and Professor Annie Cossins explores ‘The role of cultural factors in the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the Northern Territory‘. This project involved an empirical analysis of the extent to which extra-legal factors relating to sexuality and Indigenous culture influenced the sentencing of sex offenders. The study is currently in the processes of publishing its results and will contribute much needed evidence to support future NT policy, legal practice and law reform relating to sentencing in sexual assault cases with broader application to other Australian jurisdictions.
Kyllie is also leading an AHURI project with Associate Professor Daphne Habibis from the University of Tasmania undertaking research exploring the relationship between Indigenous family violence and housing and the final report this project will be released in the first half of 2019.
Kyllie’s interests in the intersection between family violence and child protection are also evident in her publication and public speaking record. In particular her focus on ‘failure to protect’ exploring the impact of policy and legislation for Aboriginal mothers charged with failing to protect their children in contexts of family violence and also the significance of permanent care law reforms and their implications for Indigenous children’s cultural connections.
Kyllie’s expertise in the area of interpersonal violence is regularly recognised with invitations to provide advice to state and federal governments this is demonstrated in her publications, in her public speaking and her appointments to state and national committees responding to family violence. She also routinely provides advice and training to professional groups and Indigenous communities in her areas of expertise. Kyllie’s work has also been recognised internationally with invitations to speak and to teach on Indigenous experiences of violence in the United States and Canada.