- Kyllie Cripps
BA (Hons) PhD
Dr Kyllie Cripps is a Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of the Indigenous Law Centre in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. Kyllie is a Pallawah woman who has worked extensively over the past fifteen 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 two major Australian Research Council grants in the areas of Indigenous violence. The first grant involved defining and contextualizing, Indigenous and non Indigenous, community and service sector, understandings and practices of partnerships in the family violence sector. The research was significant in its methodology engaging Indigenous research practices and in its results communicating the many barriers impeding the success of partnerships. Publications resulting from the research can be found below.
In 2013 Kyllie commenced a further ARC grant with fellow CI’s (Megan Davis and Annie Cossins) that involves an empirical analysis of the extent to which extra-legal factors about sexuality and Indigenous culture influence the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the NT. Whilst several studies exist relating to the prosecution of sexual assault in Australia and its incidence in Indigenous communities, this is the first Australian study to analyse sentencing transcripts to determine the extent to which extra-legal factors influence judicial decision making in cases involving Indigenous victims and/or offenders. The study will produce 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’s expertise in the area of interpersonal violence is regularly recognized with invitations to provide advice to state and federal governments. For example, in 2011 she presented her work to the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, in 2009 she was invited to present her work at an Indigenous family violence forum hosted by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs the Hon. Jenny Macklin, Minister for Housing and the Status of Women the Hon. Tanya Plibersek and the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. She has also accepted appointments to state and federal ministerial committees in recognition of her expertise in this area. She also routinely provides advice and training to professional groups interested in this area.
Areas of expertise
Indigenous family violence, Indigenous sexual assault, Indigenous child abuse, Indigenous women's issues, Indigenous health, Indigenous related policy.
Member, Our Watch Technical Advisory Group advising on the development of a National Framework to Prevent Violence Against Women 2014-2015
Member, Indigenous Learning & Education Committee, Faculty of Law, UNSW, 2011-
Member, Technical Advisory Group, National Community Attitude Survey, 2012-2014
Member, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Member, Editorial Panel, Australian Indigenous Law Review
Member, Editorial Panel, Indigenous Law Bulletin
Ngiare Brown, PhD, Faculty of Law, UNSW – Addressing the disparities in Aboriginal child well-being: A human rights based, public health approach to Aboriginal child protection.
Darryl Cronin, PhD, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, UNSW – Is dialogue a useful process for negotiating Indigenous rights within the Australian state?
Marlene Kong, DrPH, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW – Aboriginal Public Health.
Australian Research Council:
2013-2015 The role of cultural factors in the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the Northern Territory. Chief Investigators: K Cripps, M Davis and A Cossins ($230,000).
2008-2010 Building and supporting community led partnerships to respond to Indigenous family violence in Victoria. Chief Investigators: K Cripps, I Anderson, M Langton, M Walter and M Rose ($200,000).
2000-2003 Indigenous community responses to family violence in Australia & the United States. Chief Investigators: K Cripps, E Bourke,E Reed, and C Goddard ($20,000).
- Introducing Law & Justice (LAWS1052)
- Introducing Law & Justice (JURD7152)
- Indigenous Women and the Law (LAWS8124)
- Indigenous Women and the Law (JURD7424)
- Indigenous Children and the Law (LAWS8123)
- Indigenous Children and the Law (JURD7813)
- Gender and Law (LAWS3341)