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RMIT University
sexual violence, violence against women, rape, sexual harassment, technology, revenge pornography, cyberstalking, rape culture.
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Dr Anastasia Powell is Senior Lecturer in Justice & Legal Studies at RMIT University, specialising in policy responses, legal reform and primary prevention of sexual and family violence against women. Anastasia has published widely in these fields, including four books, and has contributed to policy specific research on violence against women for the Victorian State and Australian Commonwealth Governments. Most recently Dr Powell was a recipient of a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) exploring citizen participation in responses to crime and justice via social media, which reflects her recent research at the intersections of gender-based violence, technology, justice and digital culture. From 2013-2015, Dr Powell has been working as a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project with Dr Henry, titled Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform. The project 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. Dr Powell also has extensive interviewing experience including consultations with government and non-government stakeholders (including police members, sexual assault counsellor-advocates, social workers and service providers), interviews and survey research with victim/survivors of sexual violence and harassment, as well as experience in qualitative, quantitative and emerging social media research methodologies.

Recent Publications

Powell, A, Cameron, R & Stratton, G (forthcoming, 2017) Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society. New York: Routledge.

Powell, A & Henry, N (forthcoming, 2017) Sex, Violence and Justice in a Digital Era. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Powell, A & Henry, N (2016) ‘Policing Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence Against Adult Victims: Police and Service Sector Perspectives’, in Policing & Society.

Powell, A, Henry, N & Flynn, A (eds) (2015) Rape Justice: Beyond the Realm of Criminal Law. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Powell, A (2015) ‘Seeking Rape Justice: Formal and informal responses to sexual violence through technosocial counterpublics’, in Theoretical Criminology.

Henry, N & Powell, A (eds) (2014) Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Powell, A (2010) Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Media Coverage

Powell, A Fergus, L & Partridge, E (2015) ‘Change the story: how the world’s first national framework can help prevent violence against women’, The Conversation, 13 November.

Powell, A & Henry, N (2015) ‘How can we stem the tide of online harassment and abuse?’, The Conversation, 5 October.

Radio Interview, ABC Radio National Breakfast (2015): ‘’Revenge Porn’ widespread in Australia’, 5 October.

Featured in Sydney Morning Herald (2015): ‘Revenge porn: government urged to make it illegal’, Cosima Marriner, 4 October.

Powell, A and Diemer, K (2015) ‘Young Australians’ views on domestic violence are cause for concern – but also hope’, The Conversation, 24 September.

Featured in Sydney Morning Herald (2015): ‘’Revenge porn’ needs more than a slap on the wrists’, Nina Funnell, 15 September.

Liddell, M & Powell, A (2015) ‘What’s in a name? Online child abuse material is not ‘pornography’, The Conversation, 13 August.

Powell, A (2015) ‘No Means No: How Resistance Training for Women can Stop (Some) Rape’, The Conversation, 16 June.

Radio Interview, ABC Life Matters (2014): ‘When pornography is used for revenge’, 23 October.

Powell, A & Henry, N (2014) ‘More than Revenge: When Intimate Images are Posted Online’, The Conversation, 20 October.

Television Interview, The Project – Network 10 (2014): ‘Revenge Photo Leak’, 30 September.

Television Interview, ABC News 24 (2014): ‘One in five Australians believe drunk women ‘partly responsible’ for rape’, 17 September.

Radio Interview, Triple J Hack Program (2014), National Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women Survey, 17 September.

Powell, A (2014) ‘Rape culture: why our community attitudes to sexual violence matter’, The Conversation, 17 September.

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