Personal profile

Research Biography

Jenny joined the Flinders Law academic staff team in 2006 after working at Adelaide Law School for ten years. She has taught and researched in 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.

Jenny researches primarily on religious domestic and family violence and holistic interdisciplinary responses to it. Her h-index is 5 in law based research, with 76 citations. 

In 2019-2023 Jenny undertook a PhD on responses to domestic and family violence against Christian women. Her thesis is 'Embodied Justice: An Integrated Faith-Law Response for Christian Women Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence in Australia' (Flinders University, January 2024). 

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 Expertise

Jenny is co-author of Integrating Human Service Law, Ethics and Practice, which has been a key text in the field nationally and internationally since its first edition in 2004.  

Rosemary Kennedy, Jenny Richards, and Tania Leiman, Integrating Human Service Law, Ethics and Practice (2016, 4th ed, Oxford).

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.

Team Members

Domestic and Family Violence in Australia

Associate Professor Andreas Cebulla

Professor Marinella Marmo

Dr Kate Seymour

Dr Nada Ibrahim

Associate Professor Hossein Esmaeili

 

Domestic and Family Violence and Islam

Associate Professor Hossein Esmaeili

Professor Marinella Marmo

Associate Professor Lana Zannettino

Research Collaborations

Domestic and Family Violence and Christianity

Associate Professor Lorna Hallahan

 

Domestic and Family Violence and Islam 

Associate Professor Helen McLaren

 

Criminal Law Reform

Emeritus Professor Rick Sarre

Professor Luke McNamara

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Embodied Justice: An Integrated Faith-Law Response for Christian Women Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence in Australia , Flinders University

Award Date: 25 Jan 2024

Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice , University of South Australia

Award Date: 30 Jul 1996

Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 14 Apr 1996

Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence), University of Adelaide

Award Date: 14 Apr 1994

Supervision

  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Law
  • Social work

Keywords

  • K Law (General)
  • criminal law
  • domestic and family violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • Christianity and domestic violence
  • religion
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • domestic and family violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • religion

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