Dr Anastasia Powell is Associate Professor in Criminology & Justice Studies at RMIT University, specialising in policy responses, legal reform and primary prevention of sexual and family violence against women. Dr Powell has published widely in these fields, including five books: Sex, Power and Consent (2010); Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy (2012); Preventing Sexual Violence (2014); Rape Justice (2015); Sex, Violence and Justice in a Digital Era (2017); and a sixth book Digital Criminology forthcoming in 2018. Dr Powell has contributed to policy specific research on violence against women for the Victorian State and Australian Commonwealth Governments including the National Community Attitudes Survey on Violence Against Women. Her recent research has focused on the intersections of gender-based violence, technology, justice and digital culture.
Sexual and domestic violence, policy and law reform, primary prevention, social media, justice and digital culture.
Recent publications and reports
- Powell, A. and Henry, N. 2017 Sex, Violence and Justice in a Digital Era, Palgrave Macmillan
- Powell, A., Cameron, R. and Stratton, G. 2017 Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society, Routledge
- Heydon, G. and Powell, A. 2016 ‘Written Response Interview Protocols: An innovative approach to confidential reporting and victim interviewing in sexual assault investigations,’ Policing & Society
- Henry, N. and Powell, A. 2016 ‘Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence: A Literature Review of Empirical Research,’ Trauma, Violence & Abuse
- Henry, N. and Powell, A. 2016 ‘Sexual Violence in the Digital Age: The Scope and Limits of Criminal Law’, Social & Legal Studies
- Larcombe, W, Fileborn, B, Powell, A, Hanley, N, and Henry, N. 2016 ‘I think it’s rape and I think he would be found not guilty’: Focus group perceptions of (un)reasonable belief in consent in rape law, Social & Legal Studies
- Powell, A. and Henry, N. 2016 ‘Policing Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence Against Adult Victims: Police and Service Sector Perspectives,’ Policing & Society
Anastasia Powell (2016 to 2017) Responding to Revenge Pornography: The scope, nature and impact of Australian criminal laws – Criminology Research Council Grant. With Nicola Henry (La Trobe University, administering institution) and Asher Flynn (Monash University).
Anastasia Powell and Lisa Harris (2016-17) Evaluation of Task force Alexis: Family Violence Component. The Salvation Army Crisis Services Network.
Georgina Heydon and Anastasia Powell (2016) Evaluation of SARA: Sexual Assault Reporting Anonymously. With SECASA. Victorian Women’s Trust (pending funding).