Dr Kyllie Cripps

Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Affairs Administration), University of South Australia

Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours (Aboriginal Studies), University of South Australia

PhD, Monash University

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.

Book Chapters

Libesman T;Cripps K, 2016, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's welfare and well-being', in Young L;Kenny MA;Monahan G (ed.), Children and the Law in Australia, edn. 2nd, LexisNexis Australia, Chatswood, pp. 307 - 336

Cripps KA, 2014, 'Chapter 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Violence', in Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice, edn. 4, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Melbourne, http://www.racgp.org.au/your-practice/guidelines/whitebook/

Cripps KA;Adams, M, 2014, 'Chapter 23: Indigenous Family violence: Pathways Forward', in Walker R;Dudgeon P;Milroy H (ed.), Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice, Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Telethon Kids Institute/Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit, Perth, pp. 399 - 416, http://aboriginal.telethonkids.org.au/kulunga-research-network/working-together-2nd-edition-(2014)/

Cripps KA;Nixon K, 2013, 'Child Protection Policy and Indigenous Intimate Partner Violence: Whose Failure to Protect?', in Strega S;Krane J;Lapierre S;Richardson C;Carlton R (ed.), Failing to Protect: Moving beyond gendered responses, edn. Original, Fernwood Publishing, Winnipeg, pp. 166 - 188, http://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/failure-to-protect

Cripps, 2010, 'Indigenous family violence: Pathways forward', in Purdie N;Dudgeon P;Walker R (ed.), Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice, edn. Original, Aboriginal Studies Press, Australia, pp. 145 - 154, http://www.ichr.uwa.edu.au/files/user5/Working_Together_book_web_0.pdf

Cripps KA;Genet B, 2008, 'Understanding the determinants of Aboriginal health', in Keleher H;MacDougall C (ed.), Understanding Health: A Determinants Approach, edn. 2, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, pp. 87 - 100, http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/4366506?lookfor=title:(Understanding%20Health%20A%20Determinants%20Approach)&offset=2&max=1168410

Conference Papers

Cripps K, 2010, ''Best Interests' in Policy and Practice: Are good intentions good enough for Australian Indigenous familis confronted by Child Protection?', in Strega S;Jenzen C (eds.), 'Best Interests' in Policy and Practice: Are good intentions good enough for Australian Indigenous familis confronted by Child Protection?, Failing to Protect: Moving Beyond Gendered Responses International Workshop, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC Canada, presented at Failing to Protect: Moving Beyond Gendered Responses International Workshop, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC Canada, 26 - 27 April 2010

Cripps K, 2010, 'Indigenous family violence: It's not black or white, it's complex', in Strega S;Janzen C (eds.), Indigenous family violence: It's not black or white, it's complex, Failing to Protect: Moving Beyond Gendered Responses International Workshop, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC Canada, presented at Failing to Protect: Moving Beyond Gendered Responses International Workshop, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC Canada, 26 - 27 April 2010

Conference Presentations

Cripps K, 2018, 'Permanent Legal Orders and Aboriginal Children and Young People', presented at ABSEC Forum, 15 - 15 March 2018

Cripps K, 2018, 'Maintaining the motivation to work in the area of Indigenous family violence', presented at Dinner Address, NSW Early Years Conference, Armidale, NSW, 14 - 15 March 2018

Cripps K, 2018, 'Indigenous family violence and child protection: Improving relations for better outcomes', presented at Keynote address, NSW Early Years Conference, Armidale, NSW, 14 - 15 March 2018

Cripps K, 2018, 'Indigenous women’s lives matter: Reflections on Coronial Inquests into Intimate Partner Homicides', presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference (2018 ANZSOC), University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, 04 - 08 December 2018

Cripps K, 2017, 'Whose failing who? Indigenous family violence, child protection and ‘failure to protect’ policies and practices in Australia', presented at Indigenous Rights, Recognition and the state in the neoliberal age – CAEPR Symposium, ANU, Canberra. ACT., 04 - 05 September 2017

Cripps K, 2017, 'Competing Interests – Understanding the wickedness of Indigenous experiences of intergenerational trauma, family violence and child protection', presented at UNSW and UTS Law Symposium, Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Bringing Them Home, UNSW Law, Kensington, NSW, 26 - 26 May 2017

Cripps K, 2017, 'Indigenous family violence and child protection: Improving relationships', presented at Pre-Conference Master Class, Bring Them Home Securing the Rights of Our Children, 7th National SNAICC Conference, Canberra, ACT, 11 - 14 September 2017

Cripps K;Strega S, 2017, 'A Tale of Two Failures: Indigenous families and ‘failure to protect’ policies in Australia and Canada', presented at STOP National Domestic Violence Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, 04 - 06 December 2017

Cripps K, 2016, 'Indigenous Sexual Assault: Implications for law, policy and health', presented at Batiba Guwiyal Extinguish the Flame, Indigenous Child Sexual Assault Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 29 February - 03 March 2016

Cripps K, 2015, '‘Who’s failing whom? From policy to criminology: The potential consequences of Indigenous children’s exposure to family violence and its impact on Indigenous families and Communities', presented at Supporting Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence: Challenges and Recommendations for Justice Responses, Brisbane, QLD, 21 - 21 April 2015

Cripps K, 2014, 'Understanding Violence in Indigenous Communities', presented at Indigenous family violence Forum hosted by the Barwon and South West Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group and Barwon Health, Narana Cultural Centre, Geelong, Victoria, 18 - 19 September 2014

Cripps K, 2014, 'Talkin’ Up the Right Way: Building strong communities through collaboration, mutual respect and knowledge sharing', presented at Community University Victoria (CUVIC) Conference 2014 “Beyond Engagement: Creating Integration, Innovation and Impact”, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, 20 - 22 May 2014

Cripps K;Atkinson J, 2013, 'Looking Back, Looking Forward: The redress of harm and the prevention of Indigeous child sexual abuse', presented at Griffith University Interdisciplinary Workshop on Child Sexual Abuse, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, 28 - 29 October 2013

Cripps K;Miller L, 2011, 'Family Violence Partnerships', presented at Fractured Worlds Colloquium: Trauma, rage and healing in Indigenous Communities, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, 17 - 17 February 2011

Cripps K, 2011, 'Protecting the heart of our communities: Indigenous women, violence and responding to its consequences', presented at Expert Panel: The link between Gender Based Violence and Maternal Health convened by the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance and the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, Canberra, ACT, 20 - 20 March 2011

Cripps K, 2011, 'Indigenous family and sexual violence: Responding to its consequences but what about prevention?', presented at Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Indigenous Women’s Health Meeting, Cairns, QLD, 03 - 05 June 2011

Cripps K, 2011, 'The lasting impacts of sexual assault and its implications for service delivery and health policy', presented at NI GNYUNG KOOLUNGA (Listen To Our Children) Yorgum Aboriginal Family Counselling Conference, Perth, WA, 10 - 11 October 2011

Cripps K;Davis M;Hardman A, 2010, 'Indigenous Sexual Assault Cases & the Australian Justice System: Exploring patterns in procedure, precedent and legal reasoning in cases involving women & children', presented at Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference, 6th Gathering, Honolulu, Hawaii, 03 - 10 September 2010

Cripps K, 2010, 'Indigenous Family Violence: Unpacking the complexities', presented at Responding to Family Violence: National Perspectives, Local Initiatives, National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT, 06 - 07 May 2010

Cripps K, 2010, 'It’s not over, when it’s over: The lasting impacts of Indigenous sexual assault and its implications for health policy and service delivery', presented at Fringe to Forefront 36th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2010, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, 30 - 31 July 2010

Cripps K;Miller L, 2010, 'Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Partnerships: Reflecting on current policies and practices to consider pathways forward', presented at Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference, 6th Gathering, Honolulu, Hawaii, 03 - 10 September 2010

Cripps K;Saxton-Barney J, 2010, 'Beating the Drums of Silence: Inclusive practice & stronger partnerships responding to Indigenous violence and disabilities', presented at Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference, 6th Gathering, Honolulu, Hawaii, 03 - 10 September 2010

Cripps K;Yarram D;Yarram I, 2010, 'The challenges of developing and implementing a community led approach to Indigenous family violence at a grass roots level', presented at Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference, 6th Gathering, Honolulu, Hawaii, 03 - 20 September 2010

Cripps K, 2009, 'Indigenous family violence – gaps in services and research for Aboriginal Adolescents', presented at Indigenous Adolescent Health Meeting: Research now and into the future, 2009 Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, Darwin, NT, 19 - 19 April 2009

Cripps K, 2009, 'Indigenous family violence: Reflecting on current policies and practices to consider pathways forward', presented at National Indigenous Law Conference, University of Adelaide, 24 - 25 September 2009

Cripps K, 2007, '‘Little Children Are Sacred’: Responding With An Evidence Base', presented at TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference 2007 'Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons', University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 04 - 07 December 2007

Cripps K;Packard G, 2006, 'Responding to Indigenous family violence: Practice and Reflection', presented at The 7th World Indigenous Women & Wellness Conference: Warriors Against Violence, Vancouver, Canada, 25 - 27 September 2006

Cripps K;Braybrook A;Ball K, 2006, 'Indigenous Family Violence Policy in Australia: A new era has begun but what does the future hold?', presented at The 7th World Indigenous Women & Wellness Conference: Warriors Against Violence, The 7th World Indigenous Women & Wellness Conference: Warriors Against Violence, 25 - 27 September 2006

Cripps K, 2006, 'The Social Determinants of Indigenous Family Violence in Australia: Results from the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2002', presented at The 7th World Indigenous Women & Wellness Conference: Warriors Against Violence, Vancouver, Canada, 25 - 27 September 2006

Cripps K, 2005, 'Putting the checks and balances into the effective targeting of Indigenous family violence policy and programs in Australia', presented at Sixth National Conference on Family and Community Violence Prevention, Honolulu, Hawaii, 06 - 09 April 2005

Cripps K, 2005, 'Understanding family violence: A conceptual framework for addressing the problem in Indigenous communities in Australia and the United States', presented at Sixth National Conference on Family and Community Violence Prevention, Honolulu, Hawaii, 06 - 09 April 2005

Journal articles

Cripps KA, 2016, 'Boosting Indigenous only services along won't end Aboriginal family violence', The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/boosting-indigenous-only-services-alone-wont-end-aboriginal-family-violence-56923

Cripps KA, 2016, 'Tackling Indigenous family violence needs more than band-aid solutions', The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/tackling-indigenous-family-violence-needs-more-than-band-aid-solutions-60171

Cripps K;Laurens J, 2016, 'The protection of cultural identity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children exiting from statutory out of home care via permanent care orders: : Further observations on the risk of cultural', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 19, pp. 70 - 87, http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/journals/AUIndigLawRw/2016/7.html

Cripps KA;Laurens J, 2015, 'Protecting Indigenous Children's Familial and Cultural Connections: Reflections on Recent Amendments to the Care and Protection Act 2007 (NT)', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 8, pp. 12 - 15, http://apo.org.au/node/55343

Cripps KA, 2014, 'Who’s Failing Who? New Failure to Protect Laws in Victoria and the Impact on Indigenous Mothers and their Children', Indigenous Law Bulletin, pp. 15 - 18

Cripps KA;McCreery R, 2013, 'Indigenous Engagement with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 8, pp. 22 - 25

Cripps KA, 2012, 'Indigenous Children's 'Best Interests' at the Crossroads: Citizenship Rights, Indigenous Mothers and Child Protection Authorities', International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, vol. 5, pp. 25 - 35, http://www.isrn.qut.edu.au/publications/internationaljournal/documents/4-final_cripps_ijcis1.pdf

Cripps KA, 2011, 'Speaking Up To The Silences: Victorian Koori Courts and the Complexities of Indigenous Family Violence', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 31 - 34

Cripps KA;Miller L, 2010, 'Mutant Messages 3: Victoria's Indigenous Family Violence Plan', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 10 - 13, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=340220403817494;res=IELHSS

Cripps KA, 2010, 'Review: Restorative justice and violence against women', Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse, vol. Autumn, pp. 18 - 19, http://www.communitydoor.org.au/sites/default/files/ADFVC_Newsletter_44.pdf.pdf

Cripps KA;Miller L;Saxton-Barney J, 2010, 'Too Hard to Handle: Indigenous Victims of Violence with Disabilities', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 3 - 6, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=810367534138735;res=IELHSS

Cripps KA;Miller L, 2009, 'Mutant Messages 2: Victoria's Indigenous Family Violence Plan', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 10 - 14, http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/ILB/2009/20.html

Cripps ;Taylor, 2009, 'White Man's Law, Traditional Law, Bullshit Law: customary marriage revisited', Balayi: Culture Law and Colonialism, vol. 10, pp. 59 - 72

Cripps K;Bennett CM;Gurrin LC;Studdert DM, 2009, 'Victims of violence among Indigenous mothers living with dependent children', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 191, pp. 481 - 485

Cripps KA;Miller L, 2008, 'Mutant Messages: Victoria's Indigenous Family Violence 10 Year Plan', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 15 - 18, http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/research/indigenouscommunities.php

Cripps KA, 2008, 'Indigenous Family Violence and the NTER Intervention: Public Policy vs Evidence', NEXUS, vol. 20, pp. 18 - 20, http://www.tasa.org.au/uploads/2010/10/nexus-203-enexus.pdf#page=18

Cripps KA;Davis MJ;Ta C, 2008, 'Sexual violence in Aurukun: The Queen v BP, DK, MY, PA, Koowarta, Wikmunea, Woolla', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 14 - 17, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=147126922668768;res=IELHSS

Cripps K, 2008, 'Indigenous family violence: A statistical challenge', INJURY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CARE OF THE INJURED, vol. 39, pp. S25 - S35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0020-1383(08)70026-3

Cripps K;McGlade H, 2008, 'Indigenous family violence and sexual abuse: Considering pathways forward', Journal of Family Studies, vol. 14, pp. 240 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/jfs.327.14.2-3.240

Cripps K, 2008, 'Indigenous family violence: A statistical challenge', Injury, vol. 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0020-1383(08)70026-3

Cripps KA, 2007, 'Indigenous family violence: From emergency measures to committed long term action', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 11, pp. 6 - 18, http://www.ilc.unsw.edu.au/sites/ilc.unsw.edu.au/files/mdocs/AILR_v11n2_Cripps.pdf

Cripps KA;McGlade, 2007, 'Safety of kids is priority', The Australian-Media, vol. Opinion, pp. 14 - 14

Cripps KA, 2007, 'Bad Dreaming Needs Balance', The University of Melbourne Voice, vol. 1, pp. 6 - 6

Cripps KA, 2007, 'Guest Editorial: A plea for evidence based policy', Gwalwa-Gai, http://www.crcah.org.au/communication/Enews/Gwalwa-Gai9/gwalwagai9.html#editorial

Cripps KA, 2006, 'Book Review: Not Part of the Public: Non-indigenous policies and practices and the health of indigenous South Australians 1836-1973', Health and History, vol. 8, pp. 176 - 178, http://www.jstor.org/pss/40111548

Cripps KA, 2006, 'Understanding Indigenous family violence in the context of a human rights agenda', Human Rights Defender, vol. 15, pp. 3 - 5, http://aihw.gov.au/closingthegap/resources/item.cfm?item_id=3058&group_type=BB&group_id=5&q=&coll=GEN&perPage=all&detailList=SUMMARISE&start=1222

Cripps KA, 2005, 'Book Review - J Kimm, A Fatal Conjunction: Two Laws Two Cultures', Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal, vol. 5, pp. 115 - 121, http://www.law.qut.edu.au/ljj/editions/v5n1/pdf/cripps.pdf

Media

Spinney A;Cripps K, 2016, Fact Check Q & A: Are Indigenous women 34-80 times more likely than average to experience violence?, https://theconversation.com/factcheck-qanda-are-indigenous-women-34-80-times-more-likely-than-average-to-experience-violence-61809

Reports

Cripps K;Laurens J, 2016, Evidence for best practice programs and service delivery models aimed at preventing and reducing violence in Aboriginal families in NSW, Office of Kids and Families, NSW Health, Sydney

Cripps KA;Webster K, 2015, Resource 5: NCAS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Attitudes Towards Violence, VicHealth, Melbourne, 5, https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/~/media/ResourceCentre/PublicationsandResources/PVAW/NCAS/NCAS%20ATSI%20summary.pdf

Cripps K;Laurens J, 2015, Aboriginal family violence: Exploring its dimensions to inform effective responses in NSW, Aboriginal Affairs NSW, Sydney

Cripps KA;Davis M, 2012, Communities working to reduce Indigenous family violence, Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, Sydney, Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse Research Brief, 12, https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiBr7erm9DPAhVU1GMKHdvaAlcQFggdMAA&url=http://www.indigenousjustice.gov.au/briefs/brief012.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGib

Cripps K;Miller L;Yarram D, 2012, Resistance and Renewal: Building and Supporting Community-led Partnership Initiatives Responding to Family Violence in Indigenous Communities in Victoria: Community Report, Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW, Sydney, http://www.ilc.unsw.edu.au/sites/ilc.unsw.edu.au/files/articles/RESISTANCE_AND_RENEWAL_Community%20Report.pdf

Cripps K, 2010, Sisters Doing It For Themselves - Identifying and Supporting Indigenous Women Leaders: An Evaluation Report, Koorie Women Mean Business

Davis M;Cripps K;Miller L, 2009, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Parallel NGO Report: The Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), YWCA, Melbourne

Working Papers

Cripps K;Davis M;Taylor L;Hardman A, 2010, Sexual violence and Indigenous victims: women, children and the criminal justice system, UNSW Indigenous Law Centre, Sydney, Indigenous Law Centre Research Brief, 1, http://dx.doi.orghttp://www.ilc.unsw.edu.au/sites/ilc.unsw.edu.au/files/mdocs/Sexual%20Violence%20Research%20Brief%20No.1.pdf

Cripps K, 2009, Indigenous family violence and its impacts on Indigenous children, Victorian Government, Melbourne, http://dx.doi.org

Cripps K, 2007, Indigenous family vioelnce: From moral panic to committed long term action, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University, Western Austalia, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University, Western Austalia, Rob Riley Memorial Lecture Series, http://dx.doi.org

Indigenous family violence, Indigenous sexual assault, Indigenous child abuse, Indigenous women's issues, Indigenous health, Indigenous related policy