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Thinking differently in order to see accurately: Explaining why we are convicting women we might otherwise be burying*

This is Professor Julia Tolmie's Inaugural Lecture.

It has been suggested that legal professionals/expert witnesses frequently use outdated and inaccurate understandings of intimate partner violence when presenting facts at trial and applying the law to those facts. In this lecture Professor Julia Tolmie will argue that, as a result, defendants who have committed offences in response to their intimate partner violence victimisation may be automatically precluded from accessing the criminal defences that should be available to them. She will use the facts of a particular homicide case to make this point.**

*This is a misquote of Professor Elizabeth Sheehy, Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts, UBC Press, 2014, 241. **The information contained in the case could be emotionally disturbing to some members of the audience.

Julia Tolmie is a Professor at the University of Auckland. Prior to her appointment at Auckland in 1999 she taught at the University of Sydney for ten years. She served as chair of the New Zealand Family Violence Death Review Committee from December 2011-2016, deputy chair in 2017, as a member of the Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence in 2013 and academic member of the District Court Judges Education Committee in 2015-2017. She was the inaugural Shirley Greenberg International Visiting Scholar at The University of Ottawa in 2016 and a distinguished visiting scholar at the University of Monash in 2018. She served on the expert panel for several references of the New Zealand Law Commission in 2015 and has published more than 50 articles, chapters and reports on a wide range of criminal and family law topics.

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