Gendered violence and gender inequality are among the big social justice and policy issues of our time. Our researchers strive for social change through applied and interdisciplinary research, as well as evidence-based advocacy for policy and practice reform.
We recognise that gender inequality sets the foundation for multiple forms of gender, gender-identity, and sex based discrimination in Australia and globally.
We also recognise that gendered violence in particular occurs in the context of gender inequality, colonisation, racism, heterosexism and ableism, and that the impacts of gendered violence differ for those with multiple vulnerabilities.
We collaborate with researchers across disciplines such as social policy, social work, justice and criminology, international development, education and law via our affiliation with GeVARA: the Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance at RMIT University.
Key research areas-
Watson, J. Young Women, Youth Homelessness and Survival Sex: Intimate Relationships and Gendered Subjectivities (2018), Routledge: London and New York.
Henry, N, Powell, A & Flynn, A (forthcoming) Responding to Revenge Pornography: The Scope, Nature and Impact of Australian Criminal Laws, Criminology Research Council
Henry, N, Powell, A, Rees, T, Pfitzner, N & Flynn, A (2017) Image-based Abuse in Australia: Sites of Distribution. Report prepared for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. Melbourne: RMIT University.
Myers, P, Powell, A, Vickers, N, Henry, N, Ward, A, Kellard, K, McNamara, T & Flynn, A (2017) National Survey on Image-Based Abuse in Australia. Report prepared for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. Melbourne: RMIT University.
Spark, C.,Lee, J. (2018). Successful Women’s Coalitions in Papua New Guinea and Malaysia: Feminism, Friendships and Social Change In: Developmental Leadership Program (DLP)Birmingham, UK.
Fletcher, G, Henry, N, Dowsett, GW, Wood, S & Parker, K. (2018) ‘Exploring Sexuality and Gender Complexity and Confusion in Two Asia-Pacific Development Organisations’, Culture, Healthy and Sexuality.
Casey, S. & Watson, J. (2017) The Unpalatable-Palatable: Celebrity Feminism in the Australian Mainstream Media, Outskirts, 37.
Johnson, G. & Watson, J. (2017) International Commentary: The Implications of the Family Options Study for Family Homelessness in Australia, Cityscape, 19(3), pp. 211-217.
Murray, S. (2017). Finding Lost Childhoods: Supporting Care-Leavers to Access Personal Records, Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland.
Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). Sexual Violence in a Digital Age, Palgrave Macmillan, London, United Kingdom.
Theobald, J.,Murray, S.,Smart, J. (2017). From the margins to the mainstream: the domestic violence services movement in Victoria, Australia, 1974-2016, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, Australia.
Henry, N.,Powell, A. (2017). Current controversies: technology-facilitated sexual violence In: Sourcebook on Violence Against Women, Sage, Los Angeles, United States.
Norma, C. (2017). Abolitionism in the history of the transnational ‘Justice for comfort women’ movement in Japan and South Korea In: Remembering the Second World War, Routledge, London and New York.
Norma, C. (2017). Globalization and prostitution In: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, Springer, New york, United states.
Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). (In Press) Sexual violence and harassment in the digital era In: The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom.
Spark, C. (2017). ‘I won’t go hungry if he’s not around’: `Working class’ urban Melanesian women’s agency in intimate relationships In: Transformations of Gender in Melanesia, ANU Press, Acton, ACT, Australia.
Liston, R.,Mortimer, S.,Hamilton, G.,Cameron, R. (2017). A team effort: preventing violence against women through sport In: Our Watch Melbourne, Australia.
Dalton, E. (2017) Sexual harassment of women politicians in Japan. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 1,2,205-219.
Dalton, E. (2017). Womenomics, ‘Equality’ and Abe’s Neo-liberal strategy to make Japanese women shine In: Social Science Japan Journal, 20, 95 – 105.
Hamilton, G.,Brubacher, S.,Powell, M. (2017). The effects of practice narratives in interviews with Australian Aboriginal children In: Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice, 8, 31 – 44.
Hamilton, G.,Powell, M.,Brubacher, S. (2017). Professionals’ perceptions regarding the suitability of investigative interview protocols with Aboriginal children In: Australian Psychologist, 52, 174 – 183.
Hamilton, G.,Whiting, E.,Brubacher, S.,Powell, M. (2017). (In Press) The effects of face-to-face versus live video-feed interviewing on children’s event reports In: Legal and Criminological Psychology, 1 – 14.
Henry, N.,Powell, A. (2017). (In Press) Technology-facilitated sexual violence: a literature review of empirical research In: Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 1 – 14.
Heydon, G.,Powell, A. (2017). Written-response interview protocols: an innovative approach to confidential reporting and victim interviewing in sexual assault investigations In: Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, , 1 – 16
Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). (In Press) Policing technology-facilitated sexual violence against adult victims: police and service sector perspectives In: Policing and Society, , 1 – 17.
Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). (In Press) Technology-facilitated sexual violence victimization results from an online survey of Australian adults In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, , 1 – 29.
Powell, A.,Webster, K. (2017). (In Press) Cultures of gendered violence: An integrative review of measures of attitudinal support for violence against women In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 1 – 18.
Pruitt, L.,Hamilton, G.,Heydon, G.,Spark, C. (2017). (In Press) Abbott’s ‘budget crisis’, CALD women’s loss? Service providers explore the impact of funding cuts In: Australian Journal of Political Science, 1 – 16.
Spark, C.,Corbett, J. (2017). Emerging women leaders’ views on political participation in Melanesia In: International Feminist Journal of Politics, 1 – 15.
Spark, C. (2017). Capital cultures: gender, place and belonging in Port Moresby and NoumeaIn: Development Bulletin, 78, 49 – 53.
Stratton, G.,Powell, A.,Cameron, R. (2017). Crime and justice in digital society: towards a ‘digital criminology’? In: International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6, 17 – 33.
Norma, C. (2016). The Japanese comfort women and sexual slavery during the China and Pacific Wars, Bloomsbury Publishing, United Kingdom.
Norma, C.,Tankard Reist, M. (2016). Introduction: Prostitution survivors speak out In: Prostitution narratives: Stories of survival in the sex trade, Spinifex Press, Melbourne, Australia.
Norma, C. (2016). Child prostitution In: The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Wiley Blackwell, New Jersey, United States.
Rowe, J.,Harris, L. (2016). ‘Get up, stand up!’ – giving people the means to respond to opioid overdose In: The Salvation Army Melbourne Australia.
Dalton, E.,Dales, L. (2016). Online Konkatsu and the gendered ideals of marriage in contemporary Japan In: Japanese Studies, 36, 1 – 19.
Hamilton, G.,Brubacher, S.,Powell, M. (2016). Expressions of shame in investigative interviews with Australian Aboriginal children In: Child Abuse and Neglect, 51, 64 – 71.
Hamilton, G.,Brubacher, S.,Powell, M. (2016). Investigative interviewing of Aboriginal children in cases of suspected sexual abuse In: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 25, 363 – 381.
Fletcher, G.,Dowsett, G.,Wood, S.,Henry, N. (2016). Gender, sexuality and disadvantage: intimately entwined, but perpetually divorced within international development? In: Development Bulletin, 77, 85 – 89.
Henry, N. (2016). Theorizing wartime rape: deconstructing gender, sexuality, and violence In: Gender and Society, 30, 44 – 56.
Henry, N. (2016). Civil society and gender-based violence: expanding the horizons of transitional justice In: The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 42, 119 – 136.
Henry, N (2016) ‘Henry Responds to Dickson: “Revenge Porn: A Victim Focused Response”’, The University of South Australia Student Law Review, 2: 70-76.
Henry, N & Powell, A (2016) ‘Sexual Violence in the Digital Age: The Scope and Limits of Criminal Law’, Social & Legal Studies, 25(4): 397-418.
Hanley, N, Fileborn, B, Larcombe, W, Henry, N & Powell, A (2016) ‘Improving the Law Reform Process: Opportunities for Empirical Qualitative Research’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 49(4): 546-563.
Larcombe, W.,Fileborn, B.,Powell, A.,Hanley, N.,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 In: Social and Legal Studies, 25, 611 – 629.
Nagy, V.,Powell, A. (2016). Legalising sex work: The regulation of ‘risk’ in Australian prostitution law reform In: Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 28, 1 – 16.
Norma, C.,Garcia-Caro, O. (2016). Gender problems in the practice of professional interpreters assisting migrant women in Australia: A theoretical case for feminist education In: Violence Against Women, 22, 1305 – 1325.
Spark, C. (2016). Changing lives: promoting sustainable development through women’s education and networks in Papua New Guinea In: Development Bulletin, 77, 64 – 68.
Street, T.,Norma, C. (2016). Sex tourists in their own country: Digital media advertising of Asian women by the Australian sex industry In: Gender, Technology and Development, 20, 1 – 27.