Understanding the subtleties of stalking.

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Thursday 16th February 2023

Seminar | 4:45 PM-6:00 PM


Stalking is a common feature of family violence cases – but the risks and impacts of the behaviour are not limited to these cases alone.

In this twilight event, you will enhance your understanding of the complexities of stalking behaviour with clinical and forensic psychologist Professor Troy McEwan.  

Drawing on her research, Professor McEwan will explain: 

  • what stalking is – and what it isn’t  

  • the profile and presentation of people who stalk 

  • the impact of stalking on victims 

  • how to conceptualise risk in stalking matters 

  • how to manage the complexities of stalking, including options for sentencing and referral pathways. 



Victorian law Reform Commissioner
The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO
The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO, has held a number of judicial appointments over the last 27 years, including Magistrate, Deputy Chief Magistrate, the inaugural President of the Children’s Court of Victoria and Judge of the County Court of Victoria. She was appointed as the State Coroner of Victoria in 2007 and held that position until 2012. In January 2013, Her Honour was appointed a judge of the Family Court of Australia and thereafter released onto the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, where she served as one of the 6 Royal Commissioners for the five years of that Royal Commission. Her Honour has previously held positions as a part-time Victorian Law Reform Commissioner, a solicitor in private practice, a solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria and a legal policy officer in the Attorney General’s office of the Victorian Government. In October 2014, she was appointed as a Fellow of Monash University. In January 2019, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. In April 2020, she was appointed as the Chair of the Victorian Victims of Crime Consultative Committee and in June 2020 she was again appointed as a part time Law Reform Commissioner. In July 2020, she was appointed to conduct an Inquiry into Victoria’s Hotel Quarantine system.


Professor of clinical and forensic psychology at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Troy McEwan
Troy is a Professor of clinical and forensic psychology at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, and a senior psychologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). Her research focuses on improving understanding, assessment and treatment of people who engage in stalking, family violence, sexual offending and deliberate firesetting. She has authored five risk assessment guides and tools and provides consultation and training to mental health, policing and correctional staff internationally on these topics. Troy is also a former President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.