Our Research

Current Projects

Respectful Relationships, Pornography & Young People Project – Funded by VicHealth (2017): Dr Larissa Sandy and Dr Anastasia Powell with Delanie Woodlock, Tully O’Neil and Joni Meenagh, are exploring promising education resources and programs that reach out to young people in the community on issues of respectful relationships, sexual consent, and pornography.

Evaluation of Taskforce Alexis: An integrated response to high risk family violence – Funded by the Salvation Army St Kilda Crisis Service (2015-2017): Dr Lisa Harris and Dr Anastasia Powell, in conjunction with Victoria Police and the St Kilda Crisis Service, are undertaking an evaluation of Taskforce Alexis. Taskforce Alexis is a pilot project with Victoria Police that aims to provide a cross-sectorial coordinated response to high-risk recidivist family violence. 

Revenge pornography: The prevalence and nature of non-consensual imagery, and the implications for law reform – Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant (2017-2019): RMIT researchers Drs Nicola Henry and Anastasia Powell, along with their colleagues Dr Asher Flynn (Monash University), Professor Clare McGlynn (Durham University), Professor Erika Rackley (Birmingham University) and Professor Nicola Gavey (University of Auckland), are conducting a world-first study of image-based sexual abuse (known colloquially as ‘revenge pornography’) across three countries: Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Responding to Revenge Pornography: The scope, nature and impact of Australian criminal laws – Criminology Research Council Grant (2016-2017): Dr Anastasia Powell is leading the development and implementation of Australia’s first national survey of the nature and prevalence of image-based sexual violence (also known as ‘revenge pornography’). The broader project, led by La Trobe University and in collaboration with Monash University, investigates this rapidly emerging social harm from the perspectives of key stakeholders (such as legal services, police and support agencies) as well as the experiences of victims of image-based sexual violence.

Recent Projects

Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform – Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2013-2015): This project led by Dr Anastasia Powell (with co-CI Dr Nicola Henry, La Trobe University), examined the ways in which technologies (including mobile phones, video recordings, online spaces, social media) are being used in connection with sexual violence and harassment against women. Publications from this project are featured in the international journals: Policing & Society, Trauma Violence & Abuse, Social & Legal Studies, and Violence Against Women

Promising Practice in Workplace Approaches to the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women – Funded by OurWatch (2015): Dr Larissa Sandy and Dr Anastasia Powell with Jess Findling explored key elements of programs designed to prevent violence against women by promoting gender equity and respect in the workplace. The full report is available from OurWatch.

More than Ready: Bystander Action to Prevent Violence Against Women in the Victorian Community – Funded by VicHealth (2011-2012): Dr Anastasia Powell in conjunction with the Social Research Centre (Melbourne) and VicHealth, examined the readiness of the Victorian community to intervene in harassment, sexism and discrimination against women. The reports are available from VicHealth.