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Research Biography

Jenny joined Flinders Law in 1996 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 4. She is currently undertaking a PhD on integrating faith responses and criminal justice system responses to domestic and family violence against Christian women in Australia.

Jenny is part time at Flinders Law as she is also a Senior Associate at a law firm in Adelaide, practicing in criminal law.

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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