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Patricia Easteal

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Name  Patricia Easteal

Role  Author
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Books  Real Rape - Real Pain: Help for, Voices of the survivors, Shades of Grey ‑ Domestic, Less than equal, Killing the beloved

Prof Patricia Easteal PhD AM is an academic, author, activist and advocate, best known for her research, publications and teaching in the area of women and the law. In 2010 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia 'For service to the community, education and the law through promoting awareness and understanding of violence against women, discrimination and access to justice for minority groups'.


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Easteal is a Professor of Law at the University of Canberra. She was formerly a Visiting Scholar at the Australian National University, College of Law. From 1990-1995, Easteal was a Senior Criminologist at the Australian Institute of Criminology. She has published 15 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters.


Easteal's primary research areas are: rape law; domestic violence and the law; discrimination law; family law; sexual harassment; bullying in the workplace; cyber bullying; and access to justice for women.

She investigates the context of the law and how social structures, language, and values affect the substance and practice of the law, specifically in the areas of criminal law, family law, discrimination law, employment law and immigration law. Important aspects of her research are its applicability to real life issues such as law reform and its nexus with her teaching. She uses a range of empirical methodologies from these disciplines including cross-case comparison, in-depth interviews and surveys.


  • Finalist - Community Award (Individual) Australian Human Rights Commission, 2012.
  • ACT Women's Honour Roll, 2012.
  • ACT Australian of the Year, 2010.
  • Member of the Order of Australia, 2010.
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Award for Teaching Excellence, 2008.
  • Carrick Citation, ‘For effective research-led learning approaches that engage law students in independent and critical inquiry into the complex ties between law, society and access to justice’, 2007.
  • ACT Woman's Award, 2001.
  • Selected works

  • Carline, Anna and Patricia Easteal, Domestic and Sexual Violence Against Women- Law Reform and Society: Shades of Grey, 2014, London: Routledge.
  • Easteal, Patricia (ed.), Justice Connections, 2013, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • McOrmond-Plummer, Louise, Patricia Easteal and Jennifer Levy-Peck (eds), Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Survivor Support and System Change, 2013, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Easteal, Patricia (ed.), Women and the Law in Australia, 2010, Sydney: LexisNexis.
  • Easteal, Patricia and Louise McOrmond-Plummer, Real Rape, Real Pain: Help for Women Sexually Assaulted by Male Partners, 2006, Melbourne: Hybrid Publishers.
  • Easteal, Patricia, Less than Equal: Women and the Australian Legal System, 2001, Sydney: Butterworths.
  • Easteal, Patricia (ed.), Balancing the Scales: Rape, Law Reform and Australian Culture, 1998, Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Easteal, Patricia, Shattered Dreams, Marital Violence Against Women: The Overseas-born in Australia, 1996, Melbourne: Bureau of Immigration and Multicultural Population Research.
  • Easteal, Patricia, Voices of the Survivors, 1994, Melbourne: Spinifex Press.
  • Easteal, Patricia, Killing the Beloved: Homicide between Adult Sexual Intimates, 1993, Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.
  • Easteal, Patricia (ed.), Without Consent: Rape Conference Proceedings, 1993, Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.
  • References

    Patricia Easteal Wikipedia

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