This project 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.

  • Project dates: 2016
  • Funding: Australian Criminology Research Council

This project is administered at La Trobe University

The project, “Responding to Revenge Pornography”, is funded by the Criminology Research Council and is the first Australian study on the online distribution of intimate/explicit digital images without consent (“revenge pornography”). The research aims to document the prevalence and impacts of adult victimisation in Australia, and systematically analyse applicable laws in three jurisdictions (Victoria, SA, NSW). It employs a mixed-method design comprising: a national survey of adult victims; stakeholder consultations (national roundtable and interviews in three jurisdictions); analysis of recorded crime-statistics; and a legislative review. This project will generate new, internationally-relevant knowledge about the nature and extent of adult revenge pornography, and will inform legal and policy reform on this issue.

Key People

Lead researchers

Responding to revenge pornography: The scope, nature and impacts of Australian laws

Dr Nicola Henry

Lead Researcher

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Responding to revenge pornography: The scope, nature and impacts of Australian laws

Dr Asher Flynn

Co-investigator

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Dr Anastasia Powell

Dr Anastasia Powell

Senior Research Fellow

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