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Research Biography

Jenny joined the Flinders Law academic staff team in 2006 after working at Adelaide Law School for ten years. She has taught a wide range of topics over the years but her heart remains with criminal law and family law, and in particular with law reform and the integration of criminal law and human service law.

She researches primarily on domestic and family violence and holistic interdisciplinary responses to it. Her h-index is 5. She is currently undertaking a PhD on responses to domestic and family violence against Christian women. Her thesis, 'Embodied Justice: An Integrated Faith-Law Response for Christian Women Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence in Australia' was submitted for examination on 23 August 2023.

Jenny is part time at Flinders Law as until 2023 she worked as a Senior Associate at a law firm in Adelaide, practicing in criminal law, and in 2019-2023 is a PhD Candidate at Flinders.

Jenny has previously lectured at UniSA teaching law to social work and social science students and worked at their Research and Education Unit on Gendered Violence on police responses to family violence. She served on the Management Committee of the Centre for Crime Policy and Research at Flinders University from 2015-2019.

Jenny's most recent research project is Hossein Esmaeili, Jenny Richards, Marinella Marmo, Lana Zannettino “Family Violence Among Afghan Refugee and Asylum Seeker Women in South Australia: Improving Engagement with the Criminal Justice System” (Law Foundation of SA Grant No A551-9.18, $25,601). 


Research Interests

  • criminal law reform and practice
  • theology, legal ethics and legal theory,
  • family violence and child protection
  • the relationship between law and human services.


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