Dr Mary Iliadis is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, and co-convenor of the Deakin Research on Violence Against Women Hub. She is also the Early Career Researcher Representative for the Faculty of Arts and Education Research Committee at Deakin.
Mary’s research adopts a socio-legal framework to explore, critique and impact the rights and treatment of victims of sexual violence in criminal justice systems. Mary’s research is international in scope and examines the rights and protections afforded to victims in policy and practice across England and Wales, Ireland and Australia. More broadly, Mary researches prosecutorial discretion and explores how access to justice is negotiated for victims in criminal trials.
Mary has published in leading criminology and law journals, including in the British Journal of Criminology, Criminology & Criminal Justice and Monash University Law Review. Mary’s 2020 book, Adversarial Justice and Victims’ Rights: Reconceptualising the Role of Sexual Assault Victims, was published in Routledge’s distinguished Victims, Culture and Society series. Mary has received significant recognition of her work. In 2020, Mary was the recipient of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) New Scholar Award for best publication in criminology. In February 2019, Mary was nominated as a Semi-Finalist for The Bridge Create Change Award (Seven News Young Achiever Awards).
Mary is lead CI on an Australian Institute of Criminology funded project, titled ‘Police body-worn camera technology in response to domestic and family violence: a national study of victim-survivor perspectives and experiences‘. This project has received ethics approval by Deakin University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, and Western Australia and Queensland Police. Collaborators include Dr Bridget Harris (Queensland University of Technology); Zarina Vakhitova (Monash University); Associate Professor Asher Flynn (Monash University); and Dr Danielle Tyson (Deakin University). The project is currently undergoing its first pilot study.
Mary’s research has influenced legal and policy reform, and her findings were cited in the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s (2016) report on The Role of Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial (2016), demonstrating a high-level of impact as an ECR. Mary also received outstanding recognition of her submission to Northern Ireland’s Gillen Review into The Laws and Procedures in Serious Sexual Offences. The Chair of the Review, Sir John Gillen – a retired Judge of Belfast’s High Court – described Mary’s submission as ‘absolutely invaluable, serving to inform the Advisory Board’s views on this issue [on sexual history evidence] in a manner that otherwise would not have been possible’.