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The Defence of Provocation Causing a Stir in Australia

Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation

Danielle Tyson's book Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation is receiving a large amount of press attention in Australia with recent articles in The Age, Lawyers Weekly and the Herald Sun. An examination of murder trial transcripts has shown that defense lawyers still use the idea that slain women provoked their own killing. This is despite the passing of legislation in 2005 banning provocation as a defense. Addressing the trajectory of debates about reform of the provocation defense across different jurisdictions, Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation considers the construction and representation of subjectivity and sexual difference in legal narrations of intimate partner homicide.