Criminalisation and the Violence(s) of the State: Criminalising Men, Punishing Women


This special issue brings together a group of international researchers at different career stages with one common interest: the extent to which recourse to the criminal law as a means of addressing men’s violence(s) serves the interests of women’s safety. It further explores Goodmark’s (2018) criminalisation thesis across different vital topics to consider how and under what conditions the criminalisation of men results in the punishment of women. In bringing together these different substantive areas of investigation (from the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War to debates concerning the criminalisation of prostitution, migration and the unintended consequences of criminalising coercive control), this collection provides a deeper analysis of the meaning of both criminalisation and punishment for women whose lives become entangled in and by this recourse to law.

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Published: 2021-12-01
Pages:i to v
Section:Guest Editorial. Criminalisation and the Violence(s) of the State
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How to Cite
Fitz-Gibbon , K. and Walklate, S. (2021) “Criminalisation and the Violence(s) of the State: Criminalising Men, Punishing Women”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10(4), p. i-v. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.1991.

Author Biographies

Monash University

Kate Fitz-Gibbon is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University (Victoria, Australia). Kate conducts research in the field of domestic and family violence, femicide, criminal justice responses to violence against women, and the impact of criminal law reform in Australia and internationally. 

University of Liverpool; Monash University
 United Kingdom

Sandra Walklate is Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology at Liverpool conjoint Chair of Criminology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked within the field of victimology since the 1980s and much of her current work in this area is focused on gender-based violence(s) and criminal justice policy responses to this. Her most recent book with Monash colleagues was published by Routledge in 2020 entitled: Counting the Costs: Towards a Global Femicide Index