Professor Jude McCulloch, Professor JaneMaree Maher and Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon
A Social Sciences Week 2019 event
In this seminar, we reflect on the problems and possibilities of counting intimate femicide in the context of a three-year Australian Research Council funded project – Securing Women’s Lives: Preventing Intimate Partner Homicide. We examine how the project evolved as the research process led us to think more deeply about what it means to count. We describe the project as originally envisaged, the context in which it was developed and its approach and rationale, and data sources. We then explore the practical challenges in gathering the data and the more profound intellectual and ethical challenges that arose as we came to more deeply embed the project in the landscape of feminist literature that reflects on the ongoing struggle to make all women’s lives count. Taking seriously the notion that being counted is not the same as counting the seminar concludes with some questions we need to ask if we are to ensure that counting is part of broader political strategy to end violence against women.